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The Judge

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...

Running Time
1 hours 16 minutes
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Erika Cohn
Kholoud Al-Faqih
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اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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.

Comments about documentary «The Judge» (20)

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Hannah Chapman

A "whack-a-mole" in the name of factual historical accuracy, this doc is just the opposite. A testament to the ability of an editor, crew, cast, and directors to work as a team. Did you know the film was only made in 1994? How about the role of the Smithsonian Institution? The folks who wrote, directed, and did most of the technical stuff did it in 1984. How about that? This film is one-of-a-kind in how it keeps things fresh, and at the same time, pretty close to the history, when it comes to the time period and people involved. Certainly deserving of Academy Awards. Of course, a great historical film, even better if it contains other interesting information. This is a great film to get to know more about the Civil War.

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This movie shows the story of a man who had a miraculous birth, and you can't help but learn about his love for his daughter and the love his son had for his mother. The movie was a real eye opener to many, especially the dads. It gave a lot of information about the subject of male abandonment. This movie got me so excited to tell my son about how I feel about him. I know my son would not have been where he is without me, but I still feel like a wreck. I am not a fighter, and I feel like the father of the child. The biggest lesson I took away was, "I want to be a better father, so please don't be a loser."

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Emily Fields

I've never seen anything like this. I haven't been in prison, but I know what it's like. And I've seen "how" of this new documentary. If you're interested in understanding what's happening in prison (and, indeed, in this country) it's essential. That's why "How the F***ing Judge Wore a Stetson" is a really powerful film. No wonder it made the Oscars. I didn't even know this film existed until I saw it. I'd never heard of it before. But then I saw it, and I wanted to see it for its strength of storytelling, its brilliance in exposing the faults of our justice system. And, also, for its beauty. It's a film that works because the subject matter is so important. It's a film that works because it's not overly preachy, it's not excessively brutal, it's not heavily depressing, it doesn't give the "too cool for school" excuse for the many horrible things our justice system does to people. I'm usually turned off by extreme stories that serve as propaganda. But this one is more than what I expected. It's a must-see, and it's really powerful. I hope you'll consider giving it a chance too.

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Kelly Payne

One of the biggest areas of research that always helps me to achieve the dream is reading what others have thought, what other viewers think, what other reviewers have said and then thinking. When I was in college, I used to do this on a few occasions. One of the best ways to learn about a topic is to watch an interview with a high profile critic. Watching the interview allows you to gain a much better understanding of the subject matter. It's as if they are saying what they think about what they're saying. For instance, I liked my film. It was artistic, interesting, and made me think. I found out that many other people thought the same thing, which gave me a great amount of information. If you watch a film with an artist, it gives you all the information you need. The higher profile critics often have interviews with their friends, celebrities, the directors, etc. In some cases, it's as if they're saying what they think about what they're saying. I believe that when we learn about a subject, we learn what our minds want to hear. The point being, what do we want to hear? I did find the interview with Robert Rodriguez. I find that Robert Rodriguez's films are almost always taken for granted. He is always credited with the success of a film but he does not have a monopoly over it. I mean, The Crow was a good film, but not like Lord of the Rings. The Matrix was good, but not great. He has always been in the right place at the right time. I think that his films are more interesting when you're not expecting any kind of modern updates. The King's Speech, Rambo 3, Gladiator, The Deer Hunter, and All is Lost are some of the classics that are always talked about, even when they're not very good films. If you're in to Wes Anderson films, then you'll know what I'm talking about. The End of the Tour is not as good as The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it's not as good as The Royal Tenenbaums. Wes Anderson is no wannabe. His movies are visually beautiful, his scripts are intelligent, and his voice is not exaggerated. This film is for those who appreciate film and I have to say, it's a great movie for everyone. This is the kind of film that tells the story of a man who overcame the odds, who persevered, and who still has it in him. As a person who suffered a very severe brain injury, it's very interesting to see a story that wasn't great, but is still entertaining. It's a great movie for anyone who has ever faced the reality of a brain injury, and is impressed by what such a person has overcome. If you think this film is amazing, then it is. I recommend this film to anyone who loves movies, people who suffer brain injuries, or anyone who wants to see a movie that is entertaining

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Harold S.

You are going to love this movie, if you've seen it before. Although this movie is definitely not a documentary, I found it very interesting and an enjoyable watch. Also if you're one of the minority who watch this movie expecting the documentary vibe. I'm also an extra in the film, so I'm pretty sure I saw it as if it were a documentary. I can see why they made it this way, in that they wanted to show their way of life as a group, rather than as individual humans. The story of the group, both in the group and separately, and the four people that are in it were interesting, and I can definitely see why people would relate to their story. But, in the end, I'm glad I wasn't in the same situation as these people, because I probably would have left sooner than I did. If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it. I think it's a good and enjoyable film, but not a documentary. You can watch it again, and try to catch a lot more nuances.

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Rebecca Pearson

I don't know if this is the most persuasive comment of any documentary, but I think it is. The theme here is about a certain society that isn't very libertarian. There is a world in which there is no absolute order of rights, and thus it is impossible to get the rights the right way. "The Judge" is the story of a guy who tries to find a way to respect the rights of others and, as it turns out, he gets away with it. But this problem is pretty deep. The movie makes it quite clear that many people want to be treated with respect, but they know that is impossible, because the other side, the "them", wants the rights. So, the notion of a private government (read: any government that's not that of the state) is absolute. This is made clear by the decisions of the judge, who is not at all a "socialist" who wants to live by these laws. And this concept of private governments is more or less the same for all peoples, so the idea that our rights are universal is not so interesting. The guy who tries to defend his country and its national law has to take into account that the judge in the end doesn't agree with him. He has to show that he has the best interests of the country in mind and that he is trying to defend them. In other words, he has to show that the "them" aren't really the ones who are in control and he is the one defending the rights of the people. The idea of the private government is quite different for all people, and it is also the main reason why the movie is such a good analysis. But for the rest, the movie is just fine.

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My heart can't stop crying. About 2 years ago I was in a couple of parts of Europe and a lot of the people there were really curious about having a trip to Greece. I did go to Greece and I became a huge fan of that country. I have known about the issues in the country and it looked like a really interesting one. It's crazy how these stories have been spread around the world but in reality I was really disappointed by how many people had told me how a certain state of Greece is: if you go to a couple of cities, the people are just so nice and good, and how the country is a paradise. But I guess I was being really critical. In a few parts of Greece it's true: people are rude, arrogant, and there are lots of crazy things going on. But in the other places, like Leros, the Greece we saw in the movie, people are just nice and polite. And it looks like the main people in that country are some of the most honest people in Europe. I was really disappointed by this. So I am really surprised that the director who did such a good job, turned out to be a big tool for something bad. I have seen the film because my daughter is there and we want to see the real Greece because that's the film we want. But what a film I think it is. I hope that the whole Greek country will enjoy this film because that's the real Greece we want to see. I still don't understand the criticism this film gets and the people who do like it, should think about it more about what it really is. It's a story about a couple who are on vacation and there are things going on in their life which affect them. In a couple of places it's not good, but in other places it's great. There are some messages and warnings about the past that are important to hear but that's not the point. It's a story about being nice, about the future and about people's attitude towards each other. I think the director did really great. I still can't believe what a great film he made.

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1.) Master Jay is in a wheelchair, and is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. 2.) He has made the decision to surrender his copyright to his company. 3.) After being unable to make the decision to take this action, he manages to get a certificate of authorization to transfer ownership of his intellectual property to a Delaware company. 4.) After this, he begins to undergo treatments for Parkinson's Disease. 5.) During this time, he begins to work on his own projects. 6.) He develops a new application, that is able to be used in a computer. 7.) His new invention, being able to do things that have never been done, proves to be a major success. 8.) After this, the Delaware company begins to dominate the world, in the process, making him out to be the ultimate power player. 9.) The Delaware company not only gets access to the brain of the man who has been in the wheelchair for over a decade, but they also get access to other areas of the man's body. 10.) At this point, Master Jay's brain begins to become more and more manic, and he begins to tell stories. 11.) This action causes him to lose his grip on reality and the ability to control his rage. 12.) He is convinced that the Delaware company will make him rich by having him build a piece of technology. 13.) During this time, he begins to see new, terrifying things happening to people, that he cannot explain. 14.) He is later sent to jail for a very long time, because his act of rebellion against the Delaware company and its company employees caused a major scandal, and he was sent to jail. 15.) After going to jail, he becomes depressed, as he tries to recover his life. 16.) His actions have a huge impact on people. 17.) As a result, he takes a very strong stance against the Delaware company. 18.) As a result of this, he begins to become paranoid and irrational. 19.) He believes that he is being targeted, and that he is being stalked by the Delaware company. 20.) His paranoia makes him a target for a police raid on the Delaware company's headquarters. 21.) During this time, he is unable to cope with his emotions, and his bipolar condition goes unchecked. 22.) He is taken to a mental institution and is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as a result, the doctors are able to remove the medication he was taking for his condition, and he is given a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. 23.) During this time, he goes through the stages of what is known as manic depression. 24.) During this time, he goes through more changes than he thought possible. 25.) He is given medication and a night of tranquillizers to make him more stable. 26.) During this time, his paranoia is worsening. 27.) During this time, he is able to take more and more action to get justice for what the Delaware company has done

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There are two things that probably kept me from being totally blown away. One, I knew from the start of the film that I was going to see an interview with Jeff Foxworthy. That alone told me that I was going to get a pretty good movie, and two, the more I thought about it the more I liked it. This is a documentary. So how are the interviews with the local high school kids going to play out, especially when you have the real things going on in the real world? Well, it turns out that there are no interviews with the kids. The only stuff you get are from the town's attorney, who really just wants to tell the town's story and that's it. Not the interviews or newsreels or whatever. There is also a great deal of footage of the principals, some of whom seem fairly close to the teens in question. They might be interesting, but the system is beyond them. So that's the problem. This documentary is not just about the town, but about its culture. There's a little bit of everything, from the public school system to the town's distrust of adults, and the way that its leaders and everyone around it seem to be trying to get something out of everyone and not just themselves. Foxworthy himself does a good job of bringing it all to light, but it's a little hard to watch. There are a few interviews with two of the kids and the adults talk a little bit about the whole thing and then he or she goes back to the town. I really don't want to give the exact footage away, so I'm not going to describe what's on the screen, but the film does a pretty good job of showing the big picture and staying focused. There is a lot to unpack. There's some really interesting stuff here, but it's hard to come away with a complete picture of the place and its people. It's a complicated situation, and one that's going to have to be worked out in the years to come. I can't say how it's going to play out, but I can say that it's not an easy film to watch.

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Mike Roe has a great story to tell about the relationship between two men in a rural area in New England. He touches on several issues that occur when a woman goes to work as a nurse for a young, poor patient and encounters a man who isn't afraid to push boundaries to have sex with her - all while she's protecting a young boy that comes home for Christmas. The woman is portrayed by Amy Brenneman, and the guy is played by Bill Hader. But, while both men feel as though they can share their experience with the camera, they share none of the depth or authenticity of their actual stories. It seems that they've each driven this course of action for their own gain. Brenneman's whole thing comes off as "All I need is a date" - she's raised to be an idealistic and pragmatic individual - but she apparently has no idea what she's talking about. Hader's is a pretty good case study of "do you want a raise or a date" - I don't think he realized that his character was going to be a player with any sort of depth, as he shows no interest in making this man into something more than a side-kick. In fact, it's quite telling that Hader makes Brenneman even worse than she was before the situation arose, because it reveals that he's just another movie star who can't turn down a paycheck. It's a terrible shame, because Brenneman's true worth is shown in the fact that she's so brave to tell the story. The other issue, is that, while we're shown Brenneman's plight, we're told nothing about the guy. He's given almost no character development, other than to be "on the side of the young boy" for Brenneman. The only thing we're shown is that he's a "sociopath", and I found it really hard to identify with him as a character. We're not given the benefit of his relationship with Brenneman, nor is there any hint of the trust that existed between them as a result of their situation. And, it seems that it was a real pity that the film didn't follow through on this idea. In the end, this film is a reminder that the people who actually need to be told about the problems in their communities are often the least represented - and that the people who are most comfortable speaking for the most are the ones who have the most resources to speak about these issues, and that if you speak up, you may wind up being ignored. In a movie like "The Judge", it's not the audience's responsibility to engage in the conversations. But, if you're looking for a thoughtful discussion about real problems in the real world, and aren't looking for a real film to watch, then you may want to check it out. But, if you're looking for the movie "Judge" to be kind, you may want

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This is a compelling, very entertaining, and informative piece of documentary which I watched in the style of a conversation between a live interviewer and a studio audience. I wasn't expecting a documentary as the title suggests, but was completely hooked by it after the first few minutes. In that time, I was involved in a discussion of my own and another's thoughts on life, death, God, and the supernatural. As the documentary progresses, we learn that our everyday lives often use our religious beliefs as an excuse for our moral lapses. Religion is often a way to say that we don't deserve to live a life where there is a chance that our faith will be tested. I like to think that I'm not a hypocrite, but I can't help feeling that every day is a blessing to me, that there are many people who just do not deserve to live. It's hard to help feel sorry for the people who are grieving for their loved ones. I think that if we lived our lives without the pressure of religious belief, we would see this as a totally natural phenomenon. Sadly, this isn't the case. Instead, we are feeling guilty for the decisions we make to hurt others, just to make sure that our loved ones' lives will be okay. What is scary is that many people have put this mentality in the teachings of their faith. We find that on a daily basis, because religion is constantly used as a way to justify our selfish desires to control others. Another thing that struck me as odd was the double standard that is put on its followers. They are held to a very high standard in the religious and ethical systems that are taught, yet they seem to be able to be selfish and immoral at the same time. I'm sure that there are those who put this double standard into the teachings of their religion, and they aren't wrong, but I think that most people would find this to be wrong. I hope this will inspire some people to think about how much we care for our loved ones. Life is short and every moment matters. It's important to let go of the need to hold on to someone. Life and death have no meaning without them. We shouldn't have to give up our lives just because we don't feel like it.

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Amber M.

Well, I saw the movie this evening. And I thought it was great. It felt like I was really there. I didn't get bored or restless. I thought they could have done a little more with the subject of marriage. Although, I think it's pretty fair to say that people love their spouse or significant other. I thought that Steve and Amanda were well played. They really did seem to be an excellent couple. I was very moved and emotional during the film. I think that people should definitely see this movie.

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Deborah H.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I love documentaries. I am familiar with most of the current crop of "docu-dramas." And, for the most part, they are films that use information, (and sometimes some video footage), to give a general idea of what is going on in the world. Or, they are ones that show extreme weather, or natural disasters, or other catastrophes. That's fine, but I did not find myself losing interest in the information contained in these films. These were the type of films that made me want to watch them again and again. I love documentaries and I love seeing real-life footage, that gives me an idea of what is going on in the world today. I absolutely love seeing how the stories, with information, play out in a way that doesn't sound so unreal or unbelievable to me. This film did that, and then some. There are some really great shots, so fast moving, I had trouble taking in all the detail, and a few real-life moments that just made me laugh. I cannot say enough good things about this film. I look forward to seeing it again, and I will be buying it when it's out on DVD. So, all in all, the film is worth the viewing.

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I usually hate documentaries. They make me feel dumb, they make me feel stupid. But this one got under my skin. I felt like I wanted to feel. The documentary is like a philosophical anthropology study on how so many people have this love for God and how we live with it. For the first 45 minutes I didn't like it, I felt bored, I just wanted to know where it was going and why it was going to happen. The first 45 minutes is really strange to me, as I didn't understand a single thing about the Catholic Church. So that's why I didn't like it, but after that I understood and liked the documentary a lot. The documentary explains that the "anti-establishment" movement was actually created by powerful groups and politicians, who wanted to create a leader who would stand up for the Church in the face of the anti-establishment movement. Once the "anti-establishment" leader emerged, the Catholic Church became the leader in the anti-establishment movement, so they created the new leader who would stand up for the Church and thus make it look like it is the leader in the anti-establishment movement. To make a very long story short, once the Pope became the leader of the Church in the anti-establishment movement, the anti-establishment movement ended up in a conflict with the Church over God and the Church and thus Jesus Christ came to save us from the anti-establishment movement. This is a really long, very powerful and interesting documentary that made me think and very very very learn something.

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I agree with the others about the dislike shown towards the man who is eventually seen as a hero. I never felt sorry for him. He's a nice guy who thinks he's the right one and that all those people are wrong. I understand that this is a great documentary and that this is a lot of information to learn. But it's a very different experience from reading this site about the great man and the fact that he's the "people's champion". He's not. The people who know him, they know he's a very "down" person. This film is a better education for those who know him and how he got where he is today. It's easy to understand why a lot of people don't like him. He doesn't give a shit about what people think. He doesn't care about opinions. His main thing is to give people what they want, and that's his main aim. I just can't understand how someone who does not know him or what he is like would take him to be the best man. He's not like that. In the movie, the best quote in the film came from an audience member who said that "he's a very good liar". Well, I'll be happy to be the best liar. What I don't like is that they try to force him to be a good guy, or to show him as a human being. It's not about him, it's about his opinions. Some people's opinions don't matter. People who don't like him do not care about the man or his opinion. As a kid, I wanted to be like him. I just don't like the fact that he can get away with everything. Some people could learn a lot from this film. I don't think he should win a lot of people over. I think that what he did was a lot of people's "awards" and shouldn't be a surprise to the world. People shouldn't just blindly support him because he did something. He made the right choice. To anyone who don't like the film, I'm sorry for you. But to those who do, I'm sorry for you because you are not getting the information you want to hear or see.

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Christine Lynch

With so many of our government officials having made huge piles of money and wasted so much time on useless background investigations. . this documentary was worth it. It took a good director, like Lacey Goodman, to tell the truth about a corrupt system and you can really tell who the bad guys are. It's interesting and enlightening. I'm glad it got released to theatres. The movie is a must see for anyone with an interest in our justice system. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Jeremy K.

It was a very good documentary, with a great filmography, I know it isn't 100% accurate but still good documentary.

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Evelyn George

A stunning show of frustration, anger, and sadness on behalf of the cast and crew of "American Beauty." The cast is truly a treasure and their failure to provide some reason for their actions is a testament to the effect they had on the world around them. One need only look at the number of major theater companies who pulled their screening of this movie because of all the negative publicity it caused. I've had many thoughts in the past few days about what goes on behind the scenes of an all-star film (typically from a leading role to the director to the producer and everyone in between) and the "how do we make this movie good?" and "how do we make this movie successful?" messages in the script were sent right back. It was impossible to give the script credit in my opinion. It's not that I'm a fan of the guy or the work, but the script felt as though everyone was taking their responsibilities way too lightly. I was only half-satisfied and I'm sure more than half of the audience was as well. And if there were a script credit, I would be surprised at the screenwriter and the entire crew, because they were the ones who stood up to the production and denied the script an honorable nod. I applaud the rest of the cast and crew who stood behind them. I have no regrets for their decision, but I will forever feel the pain of their loss. "American Beauty" is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. It made me a better person. I still think it's not for everyone but I recommend it and the cast and crew. I only wish that the film hadn't ended that way.

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Christina L.

This movie truly shows how I feel about Mr. Byrd, my mentor. It also shows the many ways that he tried to influence and influence others to believe what he wanted to believe. Even though he was bullied at school, it was because he wanted to defend what he believed. No one could push him around and no one could tell him what to believe. Everyone should know about this, and appreciate the brave man he was. I wish I knew more about the choices he made, and why he made them, and would have chosen different things to believe. I wish I had a better understanding of who he was, and how he did it.

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Christine Torres

The Judge is an amazing documentary that tells the story of the men who give the lifeblood of the Canadian pop-up nuclear power plant in Winnipeg to New York City in 1971. The project took just a few years to get going and saw a tremendous influx of workers. As the film goes along we see what happened to the workers, their families and the people of Winnipeg. Most of the people interviewed are still alive and to this day the city and workers have been a pillar of support and work. This documentary goes a step further than other documentaries and shows that this was one of the most controversial of all time. It does a fantastic job of showing the effects of radiation on the health of the workers and how they dealt with it and their families. We see how bad things were in the medical and social aspects of the families and it is heart-breaking to see the damage that the people suffered. This is one of those documentaries that should be seen and experienced. The information contained in the documentary is so powerful that even to this day I am shocked that I could not believe what I was seeing. The film is shot in a number of ways and I would love to see what was done with the footage in the film.