24 Days, 26 Murderers: The Story of Ilan Halimi

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
by Dr Phyllis Chesler
April 17, 2015

Algerian born French filmmaker, Alexandre Arcady, has directed a small masterpiece24 Days is a gripping and somber police drama. Even though we know the outcome, we are nevertheless at the edge of our seats, fearing what we might see next, knowing what is to come, wanting to reach out to the anguished family, perhaps to comfort them. This film fictionalizes a searing, heartbreaking, Jewish and French tragedy. In 2002, the world was shocked when al-Qaeda released their pornographic death video of Daniel Pearl’s be-heading in Pakistan. This eternally haunting image was, incredibly, surpassed by the information, sans image, that in 2006, Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew of Moroccan origin had been kidnapped and tortured for three whole weeks by a mainly Muslim gang, aptly named “The Barbarians.” READ MORE

Opens April 24 at Wilmette Theatre

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