Saturday, 3 October 2015

Je Suis Charlie

The new documentary Je Suis Charlie is a profile of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the aftermath of the terrorist attack against it this January. The film was co-directed by Daniel Leconte (who also made a previous authorised Charlie Hebdo documentary, "C'est dur d'etre aime par des cons") and his son, Emmanuel.

The documentary includes interviews with most of the editorial staff who survived the attack, with the exception of Renald Luzier (known as Luz). Luzier drew a defiant Mohammed cover illustration only a week after the murders, though he was too distressed to participate in the documentary, and he recently announced that he is leaving Charlie Hebdo.

(Luz's Mohammed cover was broadcast by France 24 on 30th September, in a Focus report on the tenth anniversary of the Jyllands-Posten controversy. Kurt Westergaard's Mohammed cartoon, published by Jyllands-Posten, was reprinted by the Chinese newspaper Global Times on 28th September.)

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