Jews & Money

, , 2013

“Even those already familiar with the Halimi case and with the history of anti-Semitism come away emotionally rattled.” — The Jewish Daily Forward

In this provocatively titled, Emmy Award winning documentary director Lewis Cohen (Cirque Du Soleil: Fire Within) delves deeply into untruth, using the tragic case of Ilan Halimi to debunk a flawed and erroneous stereotype. When 26-year-old mobile-phone salesman Ilan Halimi was kidnapped in Paris in 2006 and tortured for three weeks, his captors demanded $500,000 ransom from his working class family on the assumption that, being a Jew, Halimi must be wealthy. Cohen uses in-depth interviews with Halimi’s mother, journalists and legal representatives from both sides of the case to detail one of the most notorious hate crimes in French history, as well as one of the world’s most widespread misconceptions of Jewish culture.

90 min/ French (English subtitles)

Director — Lewis Cohen

Category — Haunted Histories