VIDEO – The Justice annulled the prohibition under 18 years of controversial documentary “Salafists”, wanted by the Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin, a qualified decision “victory” by the co-author of the film, François Margolin.
the justice annulled the prohibition under 18 years of controversial documentary Salafi , wanted by the Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin, a qualified decision a “victory” by the co-author of the film, François Margolin.
“the decision of 27 January 2016 which the Minister Culture and Communication (Fleur Pellerin at the time, Ed) has issued an operating visa documentary film Salafis is canceled, “as” this operating visa is accompanied a ban on persons under 18, “the Paris administrative court in a ruling Tuesday.
the ban those under 18 years of the film was suspended in February by the administrative court, pending the judgment on the substance.
the department has “taken note” of the decision. But he “recalled that the film classification board issued twice with a strong majority in favor of a notice under 18, due to the absence of comments and the extreme violence of the images.”
Filmed in Mali, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania, Salafis , which aims to show the jihadists “as is” according to its authors call on officials Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Salafi religious authorities.
The documentary is interspersed images of jihadist propaganda and videos, without voice or comments, and shows how very raw application of Sharia law in everyday life.
on its release in late January, only four rooms had screened the film against the 25 planned before the ban to minors. “It appears from the evidence, including viewing the film Salafis that it has (…) and about the extremely violent images and intolerant capable of upsetting the public,” the court .
“However, such scenes by their scope and how they are added in the documentary, participating in the reporting of abuses against the population,” he added.
for the court, the film “allows the public, by virtue of its overall design and realism of certain scenes, to reflect and to take the necessary perspective to violence pictures or words that could be presented. “
as a result,” contrary to what the Minister of Culture and Communication, said documentary can not be regarded as conveying a propaganda or inciting religious fundamentalism even indirectly teenagers identify with movements advocating terrorist action, “he said again.
For the court, the Minister, by banning the film to minors has “tainted his decision with illegality.”
Co-director of the film with the Mauritanian journalist Lemine Ould Salem, the French François Margolin welcomed the decision as a “huge victory for the authors of this film together for the freedoms of expression, creation and information”.
“it comes sanction a totally unjust decision taken in the context of the state of emergency, “adds his company Margo Cinema, producer of Salafis , in a statement.
” We hope that it will allow the movie Salafis to find the place that is hers and that he should always have: that of an essential film that has generated more than a hundred screenings and discussions through the world, “he said again.