The Judge

Directed by ERIKA COHN

DIRECTOR

ERIKA COHN

COUNTRY

PALESTINE

RUNNING TIME

81 mins

YEAR

2017

LANGUAGE

ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

ABOUT THE FILM

In this year of women’s demands to be heard, what a pleasure it is to see a wise, strong woman working to ensure women’s rights. Kholoud Al-Faqih is the first female Shari’a law judge in the Middle East. The Shari’a law system rules on family and domestic matters within the Muslim community. As run by men, the system has frequently misused its own laws and allowed confusion about the rights it should be protecting. Not surprisingly, Al-Faqih meets resistance as she educates the people who come before her court about a new way to view gender roles and justice.

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