8pm – The true story of the of Ilan Halimi
One day in 2006 an attractive young woman walks into a Parisian mobile phone shop, and asks for the sales assistant’s number. She calls, asking to meet. Ilan, the 23 year old man, is tempted by the call, agrees to meet and begins his dance with death? The next time his family hears from him is via a ransom demand. Based on a book co-written by Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, the movie offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal, the violent world of the gang of Barbarians, and the harrowing experience of the family who can only wait and pray for the Police to bring Ilan home alive. For 24 days the Police, insistent upon handling the case as a normal for-ransom kidnapping, fail to recognize the anti-Semitic hatred of his abductors. Many opportunities to save Ilan are missed or squandered as his family receive nearly 700 phone calls, insults, threats, photographs and sound recordings of their tortured son.
Considered so important that the French Ministry of Education decided it must be shown in schools. – Shown at the London Jewish Film Festival
(French with English Subtitles)
As usual there will be time for an informal discussion or a chat with friends, with tea, coffee and biscuits after the screening.
Donations for our chosen charity would be appreciated if you care to give.