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Omar Killed Me (2011)

Omar m'a tuer (original title)
In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. ... See full summary »

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Omar Raddad
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Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard
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Jacques Vergès
Salomé Stévenin ...
Maud
Nozha Khouadra ...
Latifa Raddad
Afida Tahri ...
La mère de Latifa
Yanis Abdellaoui ...
Karim enfant
Ayoub El Mahlili ...
Karim jeune garçon
Martial Rivol ...
Président Djian
Lounès Tazairt ...
M. Sheriff (as Lounès Tazaïrt)
Liliane Nataf ...
Mme Marchal
Catherine Salviat ...
Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Pascal Elso ...
André de Comminges
Didier Vinson ...
Juge Renard
Gabriel Le Doze ...
Maître Beaudoux
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In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. Despite a lack of forensic or DNA evidence, her Moroccan gardener Omar Raddad is found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in a French prison. Shocked by the case, and convinced of his innocence, journalist Pierre-Emmanuel Vaugrenard moves to Nice to investigate, and uncover the truth... A powerful and gripping French crime drama depicting a remarkable true story. Written by Anonymous

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Omar - Ein Justizskandal  »

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The scene where Omar Raddad's defense speaks to the press outside the courthouse saying, "A hundred years ago we (France) condemned a younger officer because he was Jewish." Is a direct reference to the Dreyfus Affair. Similar to Raddad, Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully accused and convicted of treason for passing French military secret information to German Embassy and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1894. Despite evidence proving that Dreyfus had not commit treason and a French Army general Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy was the real culprit, Dreyfus continued to endure various court hearings in the same manner as Raddad. In both cases the French justice system was viewed as discriminating against Dreyfus who was Jewish where as Raddad is equally let down by the same system for being Arab and Muslim. Dreyfus was eventually released from prison in 1906 after serving a 12 year sentence. See more »

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Justice or Prejudice?
31 May 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

How do you rebuild a life after a criminal accusation that is mainly supported by a foreign tribunal in a land where you feel totally out of place?

"Omar M'a Tuer" is a compelling portrait of an innocent man taken to justice when his alibis and ability of communication in a language he cannot master aren't enough to justify his being on the wrong place and the wrong time. This movie is quite an emotional ride, fast paced and very realistic, confirming the old saying that "justice is blind" could easily materialize around us when we least expect.

It is hard enough to prove a person's innocence by using veridical evidence when the main reason of such accusation cannot be verified against growing racism. It raises the question whether a citizen might receive the same treatment when clear prejudice from the Justice Department can be so compromising. Very good movie that not only tackles the never ending problem of legal injustice but also cultural misconception. Worth watching.


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