See the film that inspires women to defy societal norms and fulfill their aspirations of becoming leaders in their communities when The Judge comes to Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago May 3.
In 2009, Judge Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s religious 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. With unparalleled access to the courts, The Judge presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. 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 and Shari’a.