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Parisian WWII thriller is an eye-opener – this Thursday, October 24 at Murphy Library

Posted on: October 22, 2012

During WWII in Nazi-occupied Paris, Jewish men, women and children were hunted down and arrested.  Then, the Resistance began and helped many survive.  Among those groups that helped the Resistance, one is unexpected — the Muslims of the Paris Mosque.

This month’s Film Movement selection is the eye-opening Free Men, a wartime thriller about the Mosque of Paris and its rector who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust. The Murphy Public Library will show it this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The film is in French with subtitles in English and may not be suitable for young children. Running time is 99 minutes.

Younes (the fine French actor, Tahar Rahim) is an Algerian immigrant in Paris trying to scrape together a few francs working in the illegal black market.  When he is arrested, the police offer him a deal since he is a Muslim:  spy on the Paris Mosque.  They suspect it is aiding the Resistance.

The young man does what he must to survive. But soon he makes a friend at the Mosque,  a singer, Salim with an unforgettable voice and a hidden identity – he is Jewish. Then Younes is faced with a decisive moment.  Two little Jewish girls look to him for help when their parents are arrested. What will he do now?

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