Date: 24 May 2014
Actors: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmud Shalaby
Country: France Language: French
Inspired by actual events, this gripping wartime espionage drama tells the little-known story of Muslim freedom fighters and a mosque that sheltered Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII. When Younes, a young and barely-literate Algerian immigrant, is arrested for black marketeering, he avoids jail by agreeing to become an informant, and spy on the activities of the Paris Grand Mosque. The authorities suspect that the mosque's rector, Ben-Ghabrit, is harboring and aiding Resistance fighters, as well as clandestinely helping North African Jews by providing them with shelter, safe passage and false certificates of Muslim identity. But at the mosque, Younes befriends Salim, a charismatic Algerian singer with a surprising secret, and as Younes discovers the hidden work of the mosque, he soon finds himself having to decide where his loyalties truly lie. A tense game of cat-and-mouse ensues in this absorbing tale of political and moral awakening, as Younes shifts from collaborator to full-fledged Resistance fighter.
(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 Calgary Jewish Film Fesitval)
15 March 2012