Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

The Judge


Year: 2017
Run Time: 82 minutes

The Judge
The Judge
The Judge
The Judge

In Palestinian territory, Islamic Shari’a courts hear all family cases. These cases are often the most sensitive, dealing with domestic abuse, divorce, child support, and rape. Although women are mainly at the center of these issues, no woman has ever become a judge in the history of Shari’a law; that is, until Kholoud Al-Faqih and Asmahan Wuheidi became the first two women appointed to Shari’a court in 2009. Refreshing and bold, THE JUDGE is an unflinching documentary that follows the personal and professional life of Kholoud Al-Faqih as she challenges the status quo and the roles women play in the Islamic world. Providing a rare look into Shari’a courtrooms and a new outlook on an often misunderstood and controversial issue, this film highlights the incredible bravery and determination of Al-Faqih and her quest to give Muslim women the rights they deserve. (In Arabic with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Voices of the Arab World
Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Erika Cohn

Erika Cohn is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer who Variety recognized as one of 2017’s top ten documentary filmmakers. Her work has been supported by IFP, the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Institute, Hot Docs, Sheffield, ITVS, Women in Film, BAVC, and the CPB Producers Workshop, among others. In 2013 Cohn founded the multimedia production company Idle Wild Films, Inc.

In Football We Trust (2015), THE JUDGE (2017)

Erika Cohn

Amber Fares

Sara Maamouri, Ken Schneider

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Community Partner

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies

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