Al Jazeera acquires DOC NYC winner “Motley’s Law”

U.S. cable net Al Jazeera America has picked up Nicole Horanyi's Kabul-set documentary Motley's Law, which won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC earlier this month.
November 25, 2015

Al Jazeera America has picked up Nicole Horanyi‘s Kabul-set documentary Motley’s Law.

The Danish film profiles American defense lawyer Kimberley Motley, the first and only foreign lawyer licensed to litigate in Afghan courts. She has spent seven years fighting against corruption and human rights abuses despite threats to her personal safety and the war-torn country’s general instability.

Motley’s Law premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in August and has since played at CPH DOX in Copenhagen and at DOC NYC where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the festival’s Viewfinders competition. It is screening at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week.

It will premiere on the U.S. cable net next February.

“Kimberley Motley’s story is unique, there is no one else like her,” said AJAM senior VP for programs, Kim Bondy, in a statement. “We’re proud to share the story of her hard work and dedication fighting for those who need it, and to share a new perspective of what life is like in post-war Afghanistan.”

Motley’s Law was produced by Helle Faber from Made In Copenhagen with support from the Danish Film Institute, DR, YLE, SVT, VPRO, the Danish Foreign Ministry, NFTF, Cinereach, the Tribeca Film Institute and Women Make Movies.

The film will open theatrically in Denmark on January 28. Copenhagen-based LevelK is handling international sales.

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