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I am not Charlie

45' (GER, ENG subs)
What causes young people to become radicals and murderers in the name of Allah?

The cartoonists from the French magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by young Muslims that grew up in France. There’s a huge gap between the Moslem quarters of the “Banlieues” and the established French society. What are the reasons for this drifting apart? The film looks for answers in the Parisian suburb Evry just months after the horrible crime.

In Evry, many young people say the murders of the cartoonists did not shock them. A few even went as far as to say they were good because the victims are at least not able to “offend our prophet” anymore. So does Mohamed, one of our young interviewees - he downplays the attacks and says women with headscarf are being attacked and mobbed in the metro all the time. No one cares about that. He had his education at a devout Muslim organisation. His goal is to become Imam. In contrast to Mohamed, the 19 years old Imad wants to take in a classical career and go to a commercial school. But he also is “not” Charlie. What is the reason to insult the prophet, he asks himself? We meet Charles Aka, a social worker who knew Amedy Coulibali, the one responsible for the massacre in a Jewish supermarket in January on the same day when the attacks for Charlie Hebdo took place. We show that many of these stories have the same origin: The suburbs.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Ich bin nicht Charlie
Year: 2015
Length: 45' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Susanna Dörhage, Sandy Palenzuela
Produced by: I-Ferrara, Zebra Production, WDR

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