The Judge

Women. Justice. Islam.


THE JUDGE provides rare insight into Shari’a 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. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge in the Shari’a courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women under Shari’a law.

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When Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench, he laughed at her. But she didn’t back down. She dared to be bold. Her story is one of perseverance, resilience, courage, and determination. Wherever in the world we may be, we can all relate to - and promote - these values in our own lives. Sign up now to connect to our team and stay informed. You’ll be the first to know the latest news about THE JUDGE, learn about upcoming screenings, and find opportunities to get involved in your own neighborhood.

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THE JUDGE is a powerful step in the right direction when it comes to challenging stereotypes about muslims, specifically muslim women, in United States and throughout the western world. It’s also the first step of a much larger effort: THE JUDGE #Dare2BeBold Campaign. Together, we want to spur conversations, build understanding, and inspire more people everywhere to #Dare2BeBold, step up, and create change.

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