Posts Tagged ‘legal movies’

  • Check it Out: Justice for Sale

    Justice for Sale follows a courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in the Congo. In Claudine’s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Invoking Justice

    In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats, all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. To solve this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 established a women’s Jamaat, which soon became a network of 12,000 members spread over 12 […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Quest for Honor

    This documentary, Quest for Honor, investigates the practice of honor killing of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The film follows Runak Faranj, a former teacher and activist, as she works with local lawmen, journalists and members of the Kurdish Regional Government to solve the murder of […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: The Mosque in Morgantown

    This film follows former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani’s campaign for social change within the local mosque in her hometown of West Virginia. In the mosque she sees exclusion of women, intolerance toward non-believers, and suspicion of the West. As she campaigns to drag the mosque’s practices into the 21st century, she triggers a […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: The Learning

    In The Learning, four Filipina women reluctantly leave their families and schools to come to America to teach in Baltimore. They are hoping that the increased salary will help improve the lives of their families back in the Philippines. This beautiful film follows these teachers as they take their place on the frontline of the […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: The Response

    The Response is a 30-minute courtroom drama based on actual transcripts of the Guantánamo Bay military tribunals. This film illustrates the legal and ethical challenges of enemy detention in the war on terror as it brings the viewer inside an administrative hearing to determine whether a devout Muslim engineer from Pakistan should continue to be […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart plays Ally McBeal, a 28-year-old Harvard Law School grad whose former college friend hires her at his prestigious law firm. Things get complicated when she finds out that her first love and his wife also work at the firm. The Emmy-winning program introduced its audience to dancing babies, unisex bathrooms and the word […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    Once a third-rate superhero, Harvey Birdman is now a third-rate lawyer. His cases always involve legal disputes between cartoon characters, many from Hanna Barbera cartoons. Harvey Birdman, created by Michael Ouweleen & Erik Richter, was originally broadcast during the 2000-2001 television season on Adult Swim, and is based on the characters created by William Hanna and […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Law & Order

    On Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year, Police City Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green are working the streets of New York City in relentless pursuit of criminals. Once the criminals are caught by Briscoe and Green, it is up to Executive ADA Jack McCoy and his assistant ADA Serena Southerlyn to bring them to […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Matlock

    In the television series Matlock, Ben Matlock is an Atlanta defense attorney who investigates crimes and fights for his clients, usually clinching a last-minute “Not guilty” verdict. Matlock is aided by loyal partner and daughter Charlene and private investigator Tyler Hudson. Check out the complete first season of Matlock from the law library. Read more...