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(244) 7.3 76 min 2017

The Judge is a movie starring Kholoud Al-Faqih. A verité legal drama about Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman appointed to a Shari'a court in the Middle East, whose career provides rare insights into both Islamic law and...

Kholoud Al-Faqih
Erika Cohn

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Erika Cohn
Stars Kholoud Al-Faqih
Country USA
Runtime 1H 16M
Description A verité legal drama about Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman appointed to a Shari'a court in the Middle East, whose career provides rare insights into both Islamic law and gendered justice.

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Sunday, 20 Sep 2020 20:05

I've been watching documentaries on this subject for years and have always found it a very difficult subject to cover and I always had a "too many topics to cover" syndrome. However, I did not expect to come away with any real enjoyment from this movie. Instead, I was shocked by what I was watching. I was moved to tears and so was the entire audience. I don't want to spoil any parts of the movie, but it will probably surprise most people to know that I have a background in journalism and worked on several investigative stories on the tobacco industry. I have not worked on a documentary on this subject in many years, but this is by far the most thorough, up-to-date, and fascinating documentary I have ever seen. It is one of the most gripping films I have seen in a long time and it should be required viewing in all journalism courses in the United States. I have been a fan of Michael Moore since he became famous in the late eighties and was immediately impressed by the documentary he did on the Bush Administration's cover-up of the U.S. involvement in the Iraq War. So I was skeptical when I saw that he was going to tackle the topic of the tobacco industry and what it's true effect was on the lives of those who were addicted. However, I was not disappointed. The film is extremely compelling. It is not the type of documentary I will watch repeatedly. However, I will watch it several times because it is such a gripping story. The film does not come out and make the claim that cigarettes are bad for you. It simply presents the scientific evidence that there is a link between smoking and cancer and that this link has been demonstrated over and over again. It also presents evidence that smoking does not lead to cardiovascular disease or diabetes. It simply presents the evidence. What I liked most about this film was that it used very few images. Many of the images were static. These images are very moving and extremely powerful. The strength of the film is in its narration. The way it tells the story is so powerful and compelling that the audience is left with a sense of hope. The "smoking" images, for example, are powerful because they show the effects of the nicotine in the cigarette on the body. One of the most powerful images in the film is a single cigarette burning a hole in the side of a young boy's face. This is not a "scientific" image, but is a true image. We know the truth about smoking, but the depiction of this event as a tragic accident and a miracle of God is powerful. As the film progressed, the narration became more and more powerful as it had more and more images. It was like we were watching a video tape being made. I felt so moved and so strongly convinced of the truth of what I was witnessing. The film does not make a claim or present a solution to the problem of smoking. However, it does suggest that there are some things that can be done to reduce the damage and to reduce the number of people that smoke. This is not a condemnation of cigarettes, but a warning that there is a connection between smoking and many of the negative health effects we have seen in our history. I am not a smoker and I don't think I will ever be a smoker, but I did not find the film too depressing or depressing to watch. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a powerful, moving, and thought-provoking documentary that will help inform them of the effects that smoking has on people and the value of quitting. This is a must-see movie and I can't recommend it enough.

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