MY DAD IS INTO TERRORISM
2006, 90 Minutes, DVD
Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125
In the mid-1980s, Paris was hit by a wave of deadly terrorist attacks. When Gilles Boulouque, a well-respected judge presiding over the investigation, unexpectedly - and mysteriously - released the suspected terrorist mastermind, he was immediately vilified by the media, his colleagues, and the general public. On December 13, 1990, at the age of 40, he committed suicide.
Based on an acclaimed memoir by his daughter, this gripping documentary from award-winning Tunisian director William Karel reveals the true story behind the public investigation and its psychological toll on the lives of both the judge and his young daughter.
The documentary suggests, now widely believed to be the case, that the release of the terror suspect was orchestrated by the government in a secret deal with Iran in exchange for French journalists held hostage in Lebanon. Comprised of generous home-movie footage and remarkable news archives (including an astonishing televised spat between then-President François Mitterrand and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac), My Dad is into Terrorism is a powerful case study in the intersection of politics, ethics, media, and terrorism.
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Reviews“Extraordinary! A sober, shattering record of the collateral damage of an earlier War on Terror.” – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
“Highly recommended! Viewers see the intricate web of relationships that can exist between terrorism and politics, the media, and public and private life.” - Video Librarian
“Methodical and cumulatively powerful!” – Lisa Nesselson, Variety
“It’s not just a brilliant exercise in style, but also constitutes the first step towards inventing a new genre.” – Positif