Thursday, January 22, 2015

SEE 24 DAYS! New French film about barbaric anti-Semitic murder strikes a painful chord | Haaretz

Ilan Halimi, the victim of a brutal 2006 murder, is the subject of '24 Days.'
The 2006 kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halimi, who is pictured here, is the subject of '24 Days,' from director Alexandre Arcady. (Courtesy of Stephanie Yin) Photo by JTA

I highly recommend this riveting 2014 film, 24 Days, now making its way through various Jewish film festivals. I just saw it at the the 22nd Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film at the Naro Cinema in Norfolk. Following is an Israeli article from last year on it. Buy it online or rent it if you must, but see this movie that has become more timely than ever after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.


For Israeli audiences, this scenario may sound horrifyingly familiar. A young man is kidnapped and brutally tortured. He meets his bitter end when his perpetrators drag him to a forest, douse him with gasoline and set him on fire. 

Except this didn’t happen last week, but eight years ago – and in a place far away. The victim was Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew whose murder has come to symbolize the rise of anti-Semitism in modern-day France. (CONTINUED)

FULL ARTICLE HERE: New French film about barbaric anti-Semitic murder strikes a painful chord - Jerusalem Film Festival 2014 - Israel News | Haaretz

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