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Title:Justice at Agadez
Editor:Lelong, ChristianISNI
City of publisher:Annecy
Publisher:Cinedoc Films
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:Islamic law
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External link:http://youtu.be/cItf-_PVqYI
Abstract:In Niger, a former French colony, the official justice system is based on the Napoleonic Code. 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, this documentary chronicles seven typical cases heard by the local Cadi. The film unobtrusively witnesses these seven 'stories': small civil disputes, domestic conflicts, marriage problems, and 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. He poses questions and seeks clarification, before rendering his judgment. The film not only demonstrates the power of Islamic religious beliefs in enforcing both moral and civil behaviour 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. [Abstract reproduced from dvd]