Slightly over a decade, The Freedom Film Festival returns this year for its annual screening of various human rights documentaries in Malaysia. The films draw inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights themes. The documentary film competition is a method used to encourage budding filmmakers in Malaysia to turn their proposals into films.
This year’s festival theme is called “Mend the Gap” which has been inspired by United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which message states that “no one should be left behind”. With that being said, as people of the new Malaysia let us be inspired by the films and the importance of bridging the gap. After All this films are created to shed light on actual real life issues.
Here’s what we reckon to keep an eye out for if you’re struggling to decide.
- The Judge
The film shares how the Shari’a law works and the misunderstood legal framework for Muslims. Kholoud-Al Faqih is the first woman judge who bravely walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced that she wanted to become a judge,he laughed and dismissed her. Years later she became the first woman judge in the shari’a court. Director Erika Cohn follows Kholoud on her brave journey as a lawyer, her never ending fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with her clients, friends and family. The universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine are highlighted from custody of children to divorce and abuse whilst successfully depicting the life for women under shari’a law.
Director: Erika Cohn
Subtitles: English and Bahasa Malaysia
Duration: 80 Minutes
Catch it on the 30th of September from 8.00pm – 10.00 pm (10 sessions)