Willemien Sanders
Dr. Willemien Sanders is a regular critic at Modern Times Review.

Two of the films presented at this year’s Belgian DocVille Documentary Film Festival, remind us about the continuing violation of justice – may it be animal or human injustice.

Two films screened in the Conscience programme of the Belgian DocVille documentary film festival were The Judge –about the first female judge in the Palestine Sharia courts, and Eating Animals – about the meat production industry in the United States (although with a world wide impact.)

The Judge: Fighting the Sharia

The Judge (2018) tells the story of Kholoud Al-Faqih. Convinced that there is no ruling within Islam that prevents women from becoming judges, she argues her case for the chief justice, Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, takes the exam and gets appointed as the first female judge in a Sharia court in the Islamic world.

The Sharia courts rule on family affairs – most notably divorces – and are intended to provide quick and practical solutions both parties can live with. Anything but progressive in themselves, the courts rely on the Quran and the Sunnah (the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) to decide what is fair and just.

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