Les hommes libres

Les hommes libres

Downloadable Video - 2011 | French
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In WWII France, an Algerian back marketeer risks his life when he joins the Paris Mosque in a clandestine mission to help Jews escape the Nazis
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Branch Call Number: Movie/TV Download
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 99 min.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: Free men

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hecto
Sep 13, 2017

A well meant but badly directed story of Muslim participation in the resistance against the German occupation of Paris, the sub-text being the cruelly disappointed hope that this would lead to the end of colonial rule in French Algeria after the war. The majority of scenes come across as static tableaux, and the 'acting' of the main character (Rahim Tahar) is dreadful. Thank heavens for the presence of that old pro Michael Lonsdale. At least he has great fun playing with a (barely) straight face the high representative of the king of Morocco to the main Paris mosque on the rue Daubenton. Some nice shots of the mosque's courtyard plus some typical Arabic singing exhaust the positive aspects.

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swedejr
Apr 05, 2016

Muslims providing fake papers to Jews during WW2 in France? You need to get over that to enjoy the turnaround of main character Muslim Younes from a black marketer and spy for the occupied France to a French resistance fighter.

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garycornell
Jan 22, 2016

A truly amazing film that documents the true story of the Muslim Church helping the Jewish families during World War II. All aspects of the movie are well done. Please put this movie on your must watch list. You won't regret it!

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 14, 2014

This film from FilmMovement is a gem. Set in German-occupied France, with a Mosque in Paris as the stage where most events happened, this is a story about a young Algerian Muslin, initially obsessed with making money from the black market and sending it home, slowly getting involved in the underground resistance movement. Well directed and well acted, this film gives me an aspect of war-time Paris that I wouldn't otherwise envisage. In French with subtitles.

harrybrowne Mar 02, 2014

Beautifully done story of the Paris Mosque during the German occupation of Paris. Never knew about this true story and it is another side to the Holocaust that everyone should know: That Muslims helped save Resistance fighters and Jews from death. Music is wonderful and direction is tight and fast-paced.

voisjoe1 Apr 11, 2013

“Free Men” tells the story of undocumented Algerian workers located in Paris during the occupation by Germany in WWII. Tahar Rahim plays Younis, a young Algerian, who sells items on the black market during the German occupation of WWII, so that he can send money home to his relatives in Algeria. His security becomes endangered when he is forced by the Nazi/Nazi collaborators to spy on his fellow Algerian citizens. From this stage the film brings the audience into the French Resistance/union activist /Muslim Mosque, during which dangerous cat and mouse games begin against the occupiers. Not all of the characters survive the brutality of the Nazis.

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wongsokguan
Dec 28, 2012

This is a side of WWII that has never been portrayed. Of Muslims in Paris protecting Jews. Well done.

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matcat44
Dec 16, 2012

This is a very good story of unknown (to me) events that took place in Paris during WWII. Muslims helping Jews, Jews relying on and friends with Muslims. highly recommend this DVD.

btmslt Dec 01, 2012

An interesting look at the relations betweenMuslims and Jews during WWII.

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easter84ba
May 28, 2012

First of all, it's not in Slovenian but in French obviously|! The film depicts the French Resistance during the German occupation with a focus on Algerian singer Salim Halali and the Parisian imam at that time, Ben Ghabrit. Tahar Rahim, fresh from critically acclaimed The Prophet, stars as a black market vendor turned spy turned fighter. The film, based on a true story, written and directed by an Arab-French filmmaker is perhaps a tribute to Arab/Muslims who helped the Jews escape the German atrocity under the Vichy regime.

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