Audience Choice BEST of the FEST Narrative Film – Saint Judy
Directed by Sean Hannish
Saint Judy tells the true story of attorney Judy Wood. In a landmark case, her first as an immigration lawyer, Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan) represents Asefa Ashwari (Leem Lubany), an Afghan woman who fled her home country after being persecuted by the Taliban for opening a school for girls. While juggling her life as a single mother and struggling against her own demons, Judy fights tenacious battles in and out of court alongside Asefa, together weathering devastating losses and setbacks. Their efforts culminate in arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where they fight not only to save Asefa’s life, but to change the Law of Asylum to save the lives of women from around the world as well.
Also stars Common, Alfred Molina, Alfre Woodard, Mykelti Williamson and Peter Krause.
Julie Simone / USA / 2018 / Documentary Feature Film / 96 minsFiddlin’ is a celebration of true Americana and artistic expression in the face of adversity. This hopeful, optimistic film shines a light on what is best about America and shows the uplifting and healing power of music.