March 25, 2017
FREE MEN is about a group of Muslims trying to protect parts of the Jewish community – an admirable celebration of siblinghood little seen on the big screen. (Hemanth Kissoon, Filmaluation)
There will be a Q&A session immediately following the film with a representative from HIAS.
Director/Writer: Ismaël Ferroukhi
France | 2011 | French with English Subtitles | 99 Minutes
Awards: Best International Film Jury Award, 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival | Narrative Competition Best Director from Arab World, 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival
In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim’s beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.