"Nicolas Boukhrief's thriller is neither exploitation movie nor anarchist cookbook, but rather a thoughtful and sobering 'what if' scenario of home-grown, domestically targeted terrorism that's being punished for having eerily anticipated a real-world tragedy"
This atmospheric shock-thriller takes you on a white-knuckle ride inside a cell of homegrown extremists dedicated to bringing jihad to the streets of Paris. Fascinated and horrified by the rise in "home grown" radicals, ambitious Franco-Algerian journalist Sam (Malik Zidi), plans to write a tell-all exposing the threat of domestic terrorism. Using his knowledge of Islam, he infiltrates a small cadre of extremists led by Hassan, whose chief leadership credential is having met "the principals" on his pilgrimage to Mecca. Hassan instructs everyone to "become invisible" and from the outside, it all appears frighteningly ordinary, except for Sam, who is now in the precarious position of a normal guy trying to look like an extremist trying to look normal.
Sam discovers that the cell is comprised of young men who, far from marching in lockstep, have wildly different motivations. But as the plan moves closer to fruition, suspicion grips the conspirators, putting more than his book in immediate danger and soon Sam finds himself in mortal danger as the wildly unpredictable leader of the cell plans an attack in the heart of Paris
Writer/director Nicolas Boukhrief had no way of knowing just how prophetic the film would become, as the reality was even grimmer than he had imagined. "This madness of young people going to fight in Syria did not yet exist. The youth the film depicts are young French people like the Kouachi brothers (the perpetrators of the attack against Charlie Hebdo) and this film was overtaken by real-life events."
Directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, France, 2015, 89 mins. In French and Arabic with English subtitles
- Fri., Oct. 14 at 7 9 pm
- Sat., Oct. 15 at 5, 7 9 pm
- Sun., Oct. 16 at 5 7 pm
- Mon.Thurs., Oct. 1720 at 7 9 pm
$10 general admission
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