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Motley’s Law

38-year-old Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US to work as a defence lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the only foreign lawyer, and the only woman, who has a license to work in Afghan courts. With her Afghan assistant, Kimberley defends Western and Afghan clients accused of criminal acts. To begin with, Kimberley came for the money. But then it became something else. Kimberley, who had never before left the US, saw how poorly the legal system in Afghanistan was run and how this part of the Afghan society had been neglected by the international community. For five years now, human rights cases and troubled expats have motivated her to stay, but personal threats and the general condition in the country make it hard for Kimberley to continue her work.

The film premiered at the Chicago Film Festival and was selected for CPH:DOX. The director previously directed The Devilles (2009) and Au Pair (2011), both screening at a number of international festivals.

See more at producer’s website.

Read interview with Nicole N. Horanyi

CATEGORY - Documentary
DANISH RELEASE - 05.11.2015
RUNNING TIME - 84 min.
DIRECTOR - Nicole N. Horanyi

Kimberley Motley, Claudine Motley

PRODUCER - Helle Faber
PRODUCTION - Made in Copenhagen
INTERNATIONAL SALES - LevelK / Gammel Kongevej 137 / Over gården, 3. / DK-1850 Frederiksberg C / t +45 4844 3072 / /

AT IDFA 2015