THE JUDGE

OUT 23 NOVEM­BER

Total Film - - Big Screen -

This in­spir­ing por­trait of Kholoud Al-Faqih, Pales­tine’s first fe­male Shari’a judge, spot­lights her strug­gles in a cul­ture where tra­di­tion of­ten over­rides law. Di­rec­tor Erika Cohn’s fo­cus on Al-Faqih’s day-to-day chal­lenges rather than her rise to the top proves a smart choice: we see her con­fronting con­ser­vatism with in­tel­li­gence, grace and a stub­born streak. Cohn’s sign-off will leave you cheer­ing. Chris Schilling

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