Sunday, 16 September 2012

Les Hommes Libres (film)

Les Hommes Libres (Free Men) is a French language film from 2011 which examines the role Muslim immigrants played in the Resistance during the Second World War. The thriller is loosely based on real-life events and is directed by Ismael Ferroukhi (Le Grand Voyage).

Younes (Tahar Rahim) is a fictional character, an Algerian black marketeer. Initially he considers that he is not aligned to any political belief, but as the war progresses he finds himself drawn to side against the occupying Germans and to help persecuted Jews in Paris. Many Jews and members of the Resistance were being hidden in the cellars of mosques while, above ground, Germans visited the buildings to view the Islamic artwork inside.
Michael Lonsdale plays Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, a real-life man of remarkable courage who led the central mosque in Paris, and Mahmud Shalaby is Salim Halali, an Algerian singer who also existed in real-life.

The screening is being hosted by Eastbourne Film Society which has been in existence since 1949. They show eleven films a year in a season which runs from September to March. Details of how to join the Society are on their website but all their film screenings are open to the public at normal Curzon admission prices.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 3rd Oct, 20:00?
Adult ticket £6.50, concessions £4.50.

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