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The Disintegration

La désintégration

October 29, 2013

France | 2011 | 80 minutes | Philippe Faucon

Director Philippe Faucon explores the attraction to religious extremism among today's youth in this story inspired by the so-called "twentieth hijacker" in the September 11 attack.


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Among the projects outside of the French city of Lille, three young Arabic friends meet the older, charismatic Djamel. An able manipulator, little by little he indoctrinates the young men, leading them down the road towards terrorism. With assured performances from unknown young actors, this very real, and very contemporary, issue never loses its sense of realism, while also steering clear of the easy stereotypes of radicalized Arabic youth.

Director: Philippe Faucon
Principal Cast: Rashid Debbouze, Yassine Azzouz, Ymanol Perset
Country: France
Year: 2011
Running Time: 80 minutes
Language: French and Arabic
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