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Motley's Law

Nicole N. Horanyi, Denmark, 2016

84 min., DK/Documentary

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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title Motley's Law
Keywords Motley, Kimberley, Forsvarere, Advokater, USA, Afghanistan
Director Nicole N. Horanyi
Screenplay Nicole N. Horanyi
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Appearances Kimberley Motley, Claudiare Motley
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language English,Pashto
Production companies Made in Copenhagen
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Michau+
International sale LevelK /Over gården, 3. / Gammel Kongevej 137 / 1850 Frederiksberg C / t +45 4844 3072 / c +45 2010 8580 / tine.klint@levelk.dk / www.levelk.dk
Danish theatrical release 27.01.2016
Online release 04.05.2016
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Direction Nicole N. Horanyi


Screenplay Nicole N. Horanyi


Producer Helle Faber
Production manager Luna Jansen


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Stills Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Nicolaj Monberg
Editor Steen Johannessen


Music Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


Sound design Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


Appearance Kimberley Motley
Appearance Claudiare Motley


Production companies Made in Copenhagen
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Michau+

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Award 2015 Amsterdam, IDFA 2015
Grand Jury Award 2015 New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2015

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Cinemateket 2017-01-01
Milwaukee International Film Festival 2016-09-22
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2016-09-16
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2016-05-13
Cleveland International Film Festival 2016-04-30
Leuven, Docville 2016-04-29
Washington DC International Film Festival 2016-04-14
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 2016-04-07
Durham, Full Frame 2016-04-07
One World Romania 2016-03-21
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2016-03-18
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2016-03-18
Mariehamn, Vera Film Festival 2016-03-16
Oslo, Human Rights - Human Wrongs 2016-03-16
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2016-03-07
Göteborg International Film Festival 2016-01-29
Amsterdam, IDFA 2015-11-18
New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2015-11-12
CPH:DOX 2015-11-06
Chicago International Film Festival 2015-10-15
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Berlingske Tidende Joergensen, Anders 2016-01-31
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Ernst, Linea Maja 2016-01-29
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Sommer Boysen, Katrine 2016-01-28
Anmeldelse Politiken Hygum Soerensen, Dorte 2016-01-26
Interview Politiken Dam, Freja 2016-01-26