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A former American beauty queen turned lawyer practicing in Kabul, Afghanistan sounds like a plot straight from fiction, but Kimberley Motley does what seems impossible every day.
The upcoming documentary “Motley’s Law” follows the 38-year-old attorney, currently the only foreigner and only Western woman practicing law in Kabul, as she continues to fight corruption more than five years after first leaving America for Afghanistan.
In the above trailer, Motley admits she originally came to Kabul for the money, but once she experienced the corruption of the legal system first hand, it became a personal struggle. Motley takes many of her cases pro bono, dealing with human rights and women’s rights cases often ignored by Western media. As she struggles with a family back home in Wisconsin, as well as with death threats aimed to stop her from working, Motley must make hard decisions in the face of corruption, persecution and crime.
“Motley’s Law” will have its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 20. The film’s director, Nicole N. Horanyi, and Motley will be in attendance.
Below is the film’s exclusive poster, with Motley in all her badass, litigious glory.