The first trailer has been released for Saint Judy which was picked up by Blue Fox Entertainment last September. The movie, which stars Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfred Molina and Alfre Woodard, tells the story of Los Angeles-based immigration attorney Judy Wood who argued what became a landmark case in changing the laws of asylum for women into the U.S.
The biopic is from director/producer Sean Hanish and filmmakers Paul Jaconi-Biery and Kelly Kahl. Peter Krause, Ben Schnetzer, Gabriel Bateman, Waleed Zuaiter, and Mykelti Williamson also star in this film scripted by newbie Dmitry Portnoy.
Wood was a single mother in her mid-30s who moved to Los Angeles and committed herself to immigration law, particularly asylum cases. A deeply spiritual woman, she actually started practicing immigration law after a vision she had of helping others who were suffering and in need.
In one of her first cases, she represented an Afghani immigrant who had been persecuted for opening up a school for girls in her home country. Wood fought a tenacious battle in and out of court against established law and the case culminated in arguing before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By winning the case, Wood single-handedly changed the law of asylum nationwide, allowing women to be designated a protected class — saving the lives of not only her client, but thousands of other female refugees who would have been sent back to their home countries where they faced certain death.
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