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Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih was the first Palestinian woman to be appointed to one of the country’s Islamic Shari’a law courts, which adjudicate on matters of divorce, child support, domestic violence and abandonment. A jovial presence in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to progress, Al-Faqih campaigns to redefine how the frequently misinterpreted Shari’s laws are perceived and implemented, bringing her years of experience as an attorney representing abused women to bear on her challenging and much opposed new role.
Notes by David O’Mahony.
Screening as part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2018, which runs from the 27th – 30th of September. Full details here.