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Le Monde reports that a film on home-grown terror, Made in France, will be delayed until 2016.

Nicolas Boukhrief’s film was to have opened in French cinemas on November 18, 2015, but in light of the Paris attacks on November 13, the president of the production company Pretty Pictures has taken the decision to postpone its release.

James Velaise told Le Monde (translation mine):

We’re in shock. The idea is to keep a low profile. The cinemas put no pressure on us to cancel the film. It’s a decision I took with the producers to avoid any provocation.

Le Monde’s article shows the shocking — yet accurate — poster for Made in France. It is a morph of a  kalachnikov and the Eiffel Tower standing tall over Paris with the subtitle:

The menace comes from within.

When the film is finally released, it will have a different poster.

Boukhrief, whose father is Algerian and mother is French, started on the project in 2013. Finding financing was difficult. Although France provides some state funds for film, they kicked his request into touch for the reasons that the story:

was too anecdotal or marginal.

The media group M6 decided to finance the project through their distribution arm SND. Filming finished in October 2014. By January 2015, Paris was reeling after the Charlie Hebdo / Hyper Casher attacks. The M6 group, not surprisingly, pulled out of further involvement with the film.

It took several months for Boukhrief to find a new distributor. Finally, Pretty Pictures agreed to pick up the project as a co-producer.

Boukhrief thought that a film needed to be made after Mohamed Merah’s attacks in 2012 exploring how radicalisation occurs and how terrorism is financed. His written introduction to the film reads in part:

Today, some young people put posters up of Ben Laden or Mohamed Merah, the way others would with Michael Jackson or Justin Bieber. Yobs deal hash … but for a ‘good cause’. And, more importantly, young fundamentalist imams adapt to successive generations with an agility very different from the clichéd notion we have of them … they quietly play football with them asking them now and then to ‘visit the skeum [‘mosque’ in verlan (‘inverse’) street parlance]. Just to see it, that’s all. Drink, drugs, school failure, television, pornography, unemployment, loneliness. They know how to tackle all the current themes with intelligent discussion and a manipulative manner worthy of the greatest cult leaders. So well that each of their new recruits sees his radicalisation not as indoctrination but rather as a renaissance.

Dimitri Storoge, who plays the cell leader, said that the research he did for his role gave him the impression that danger was imminent, even when they were filming last year. He visited many salafist websites and was shocked by what he saw and read:

The violence, the determination, the negation of humanity, the derisory ease of access to these images leaves an impression. My character is an angel of death. He has this steely, dehumanised, total, absolute determination.

As Le Monde concluded:

Precisely the same that struck Paris.

The paper’s readers think that the film should be shown on television instead so that everyone has the opportunity to see it — and learn from it. Sometimes the most painful lessons need to be broadcast to the widest possible audience.

 

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