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The Judge (2018)



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The Judge provides rare insight into Shari'a law (Islamic law), an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's religious courts. The film intimately portrays Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih's trials and tribulations in achieving justice for women within the Shari'a courts of the West Bank, detailing in verité courtroom drama the resistance that she and her male counterpart, a progressive Sheik, face daily.


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Erika Cohn's documentary could have delved deeper at key points, but in its engaging fashion it strikes one inspirational note after another...

April 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Ms. al-Faqih's likely Sisyphean battle to reach her position feels insufficiently underlined. Her mettle is on full view, though...

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The Judge is packed tight; it's enlightening and suspenseful and paced for maximum enjoyment.

April 11, 2018 | Full Review…

There are scandalously few female-empowerment documentaries about Arab women that also aim to counter Islamophobia, which is why Erika Cohn's "The Judge" is a welcome addition.

April 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The documentary is an inspiration to women - not just in the Middle East - who are determined to rise to the top of their professions, despite the odds being stacked against them.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A valuable insight into Palestinian society and a great antidote to Islamophobic hysteria over sharia law.

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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