Report: Film About Murder of French Jew by Islamists Removed From Cinemas in Paris
A graphic film that dramatizes the kidnapping and murder of young Parisian Jew Ilan Halimi by a self-proclaimed Islamist is being removed from cinemas, according to French Jewish news website Alliance on Tuesday.
Alliance said cinema house managers have been claiming a lack of interest in the film, ’24 Days: the truth about the Ilan Hamili affair.’ The website exhorted Jewish readers to prove them wrong and support Ruth Halimi, Ilan’s mother, who wrote the book the movie is based on and has had to endure reliving the tragedy to bring the story to the public.
Last week, the film’s director, French Jew Alexandre Arcady, said, “Ilan’s death reflects a sick society.”
Halimi, 23, was kidnapped and tortured for 24 days by a gang led by Youssouf Fofana. Halimi was found naked, handcuffed and bound to a tree near a railway station in February, 2006, and his body had been mutilated. Still alive, he died on the way to hospital.