About The Film
A potent, heartrending tribute to the slaughtered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, and the freedom of speech for which they stood, JE SUIS CHARLIE chronicles the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack that galvanized French society and much of the free world.
Eleven journalists of the satirical magazine were gunned down on January 7, 2015, targeted by homegrown Islamic extremists for publishing controversial cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The bloodbath continued at a kosher market and other locations in and around Paris that left five others dead. These shocking events triggered a spontaneous outburst of collective outrage, as millions demonstrated in the streets of French cities in response to the tragedy. Through chilling, previously recorded interviews with the slain cartoonists, and those Charlie Hebdo employees that survived the attack, father-son filmmakers Daniel and Emmanuel Leconte revisit the massacre and the social upheaval that followed.
In the wake of the November 2015 terrorist rampage in Paris, JE SUIS CHARLIE takes on new pathos and timeliness in addressing complex issues of journalistic freedom, the ongoing threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism, and the larger ideals of democratic nations.