access CINEMA release Our Children opens in Irish Film Institute and Triskel Christchurch from Friday May 10th
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Free Men (2011)
Original title Les hommes libres
Director Ismaël Ferroukhi
Inspired by true events, this gripping espionage drama recounts the often overlooked collaboration between Arab émigrés and the French Resistance during World War II.
Unemployed Algerian immigrant, Younges (Tahar Rahim) survives in 1942 Paris by working as a black marketeer, but like all who exist in such a precarious environment, he’s living on borrowed time. When the law finally catches up with him, he’s given the choice of prison or spying on the inhabitants of a local Mosque who are suspected of harbouring Jews and resistance fighters and passing them off as Muslims.
A born survivor, Younges initially works both sides, becoming a useful go-between for the Gestapo and the Mosque. But with the passing of time, events conspire to transform this hitherto apolitical cynic into a dedicated freedom activist who realizes that for change to occur he must, for the first time in his life, take a stand. - Alliance French Film Festival 2012
Running Time 99m
Ismaël Ferroukhi was born in Kenitra, Morocco. His films include the shorts L’exposé (93) and La paire de chaussures (07), as well as the feature films Le grand voyage (04) and Free Men (11).