Synopsis

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 to be appointed to the Middle East's Shari'a (Islamic law) courts. This film 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. It also presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice, illuminating 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 and Shari'a.

Directors

Erika Cohn