On January 7th, 2015, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was the first target in a series of deadly terrorist attacks. This new documentary pays tribute to the victims and explores the resulting aftermath of a changed nation.
Details about torture left out, or did it never happen?
The documentary is good, but lacks some intensity and nerve. The Islamic extremist aspect of the attack was not more or less hidden or played down. After the attack, a year or so later, the French and international media reported that details previously kept secret, about horrible torture of some of the hostages, came out during a judicial process. According to the press, some victims were castrated, eyes were gauged out, etc. The documentary and the interviewees never mentioned any of this, and didn't even mention any violence against any of the hostages. This is strange, did the director agree to keep these details secret in line with some state ruling, or did the torture and violence never happen because victims never mentioned it? This also makes the viewer question the rest of the documentary, and this unfortunately reduces its value in general.
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