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2 Films with a message meet in Cannes around same subject and true story: Muslim saves young jews in occupied Paris WW2

Both films (a feature film and a short film) tell a story based on the true life of Rector of The Grande Mosquée de Paris who saved young jews in 1942 by forging certificates of muslim origin for hundreds of young jews.

500 to 1600 the exact figure is not available, on Schindlers's list
there WAS a list

Free Men (Les hommes libres)  written and directed by Ismaël FERROUKHI, produced by Fabienne Vonier  starring Tahar Ramin... will screen may 19th in Official selection, a special screening out of competition as one of the two 'School Screenings', aimed at 'secondary pupils'may.

1942, in German-occupied Paris: Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspects indeed the Mosque authorities, among which Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, its Rector, of helping Resistance fighters and Jews by giving them false certificates.
At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali. Younes is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality and they become friends. Soon after, he discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police. Confronted by this barbarism, Younes gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.
A Pyramide production by Pyramide, screenplay by Ismaël FERROUKHI and Alain-Michel BLANC starring :Tahar RAHIM (le Prophète), Michael LONSDALE (of Gods and Men), Mahmoud SHALABY

Ensemble Directed by Mohamed Fékrane (2010) 12 minutes tell the same story from a different perspective, and with a shorter focus of the Imam's life played by Habib Kadi.
It will be shown as one of the 8 co-winners of Banlieuz'Art competition (sponsored by BNP and Région Ile de France) Salle Bazin May 20th at 2.00 followed by a press conference with the 8 jury members (each supporting their protégé film. Jean-Rachid producer of Grand Corps Malade, an actor, singer, stand up comedian: a man with many talents and tastes.

Paris, 1942, Isaac (inspired by Salim Halali) a Jewish child, escapes the Nazis, he finds refuge in the Mosquée of Paris where Ahmed, the founder and rector of the The Grande Mosquée de Paris, takes him under his protection, teaches him Coran and arab, fakes his certificate....
Ahmed then started to save as many children as possible from certain death. Before he was arrested...
A poignant story based on true events. though it is still impossible to evaluate the number of lives saved through these extraordinary brave acts, the estimates range between 600 and 1500.

Cast: Habib Kadi, Clémence Thioly, Arsene Mosca,  DjamelBourriahi, Tony Baillargeat, Styéphane Mercier, Jacques Guillet, Leo Ouadfel, Chistophe Kourdouly and Erwan, the first Emotion Film Factory production (the company was set up by Christophe Kourdouly and Bruno Chatelin)
Crew:Director of photography : Victor Dupuis, Sound: Olivier Roux, Deco: Mark-R, Editing: Wadi Laadam, Color: Lamine Diakite
Produced by Christophe Kourdouly and Bruno Chatelin


Contacts in Cannes
Bruno Chatelin + 33 6 80 99 57 34 brunochatelin@emotion film
Free Men: André Paul Ricci +33 (0)6 12 44 30 62


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