An Evening with Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman judge in Shari’a Court in the Middle East
Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law, in collaboration with The Federation of Muslim Women, and the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association, will hold a meet-and-greet, followed by a panel discussion, with the movie Director Erika Cohn and Judge Kholoud al-Faqih.
When: Tuesday September 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Hosted at Torys LLP, 79 Wellington Street West, Toronto.
Rated as the top 10 movies to see at this year’s TIFF, 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.
THE JUDGE has three main impact goals:
1. To dispel myths about Shari’a and combat Islamophobia
2. To help Muslim women understand their rights
3. To promote equality in the workplace and improve women’s rights
Website: thejudgefilm.com (where you can sign up for a newsletter for the latest about the film and it’s impact campaign including calls to action)
Disclaimer: CAMWL, FMW and ACLA does not endorse the views or statements contained within this film, which are solely attributable to their authors.