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Justice at Agadez
A Film by Christian Lelong
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In the Western African country of Niger, the official justice system of this former French colony is based on the Napoleonic Code. A small percentage of the population still subscribe to superstitious beliefs and seek the advice of traditional healers. But in this largely Muslim nation, many citizens seek justice from the local Islamic judge, or 'Cadi,' who interprets Koranic Law.

Filmed in the village of Agadez in northern Niger, JUSTICE AT AGADEZ chronicles seven typical cases heard by the local Cadi. The film unobtrusively witnesses these seven 'stories'-small civil disputes, domestic conflicts, marriage problems, accusations of theft. With the small vestibule of his home serving as a 'courtroom,' the Cadi listens to the complaints and often heated arguments of all parties to the dispute-sometimes just a husband and wife but at other times a room full of shouting people-listening patiently, frequently posing questions and seeking clarification, before rendering his judgment.

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JUSTICE AT AGADEZ not only demonstrates the power of Islamic religious beliefs in enforcing both moral and civil behavior but also provides viewers a rare opportunity to see how Islamic law, unlike the manner in which it has often been sensationalized in the Western media, actually functions on an everyday basis.

"A passionate film! A beautiful overturning of what, as casualties of the demonization of the Muslim world, we're daily told by the media. At a time when the rise of terrorism is most feared, this film is a timely and remarkable corrective."—AfriCultures

"Recommended! Viewers will appreciate the film's insight into Islamic law. Moreover, it is a unique opportunity to observe the practical implications of these religious practices in individuals' daily lives."—Educational Media Reviews Online

Award of Commendation, 2007 Society for Visual Anthropology/AAA Film Festival
2006 African Studies Association Film Festival
2006 Middle East Studies Association FilmFest
2006 Freiburg International Film Festival
2006 One World International Film Festival
2005 Grand Prix de Traces de Vie
2005 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2005 FESPACO African Film Festival
2005 Kampala International Film Festival
  

78 minutes / color
Release: 2006
Copyright: 2005
Sale: $348

Subject areas:
Africa, Cultural Anthropology, Islam, Law, Niger, Religion

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