Project Description

Cindy Skach

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FSC-Harvard Fellow 2006-07

Cindy Skach is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Affiliated Professor of International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Skach’s research and teaching interests are in political and legal anthropology, particularly in Europe and Europe’s former colonies. As a Faculty Fellow of the Film Study Center at Harvard, Skach is currently producing¬†Cadi Justice. Filmed on a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean, Skach’s observational film charts the everyday rhythm and texture of life in an Islamic court. In hope of shattering myths and encouraging dialogue, the film, the multiple sequences of disputes, most often among family members, provide a rare glimpse into the daily routine of the cadi, challenging our western, secular conceptions of ‘justice’ and ‘modern law.’