Director: Erika Cohn
Producers: Erika Cohn

2017 | 82 min | USA, Palestine
Languages: Arabic

With unparalleled access, THE JUDGE presents a unfolding vérité legal drama with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the Palestine’s Chief Justice’s office and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family.


FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Jury Special Mention, DOC Features Category, SIMA 2019
Toronto International Film Festival, 2017
Doc NYC, 2017
idfa, 2017
full frame, 2018
Best Bay Area Documentary Feature, SFFILM FESTIVAL, 2018

CAMPAIGN & RESOURCES
The Judge Film Page
Discussion Guide