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YOUR LAST WALK IN THE MOSQUE

TA DERNIÈRE MARCHE DANS LA MOSQUÉE A FILM BY ABDERRAHMANE HEDJOUDJE & UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD

DOCUMENTARY, 50 MINUTES FRANCE-CANADA, 2018 Produced by Dawanet, Big T Productions, Cerceau, The Créa Team Factory

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SYNOPSIS On the evening of January 29, 2017, a lone gunman entered an Islamic center and opened fire shortly after the end of the evening prayers. Six worshippers were killed and nineteen others injured. A whole community, a city, an entire country are left in shock. Four months later the survivors of the tragic attack and the families of those who perished deliver the journey of their grief. What happened inside the mosque on that day? How did the Muslim community overcome the consequences of the trauma? How did the growing political acceptance of Islamophobia lead to such an event? Through the silent eyes of those who witnessed, a fundamental issue is addressed: what does death mean to a believer?


TECHNICAL INFO Directors Producer Written by Cinematography Sound Edited by With

ABDERRAHMANE HEDJOUDJE & UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD TARIQ SYED ABDERRAHMANE HEDJOUJE & UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD ABDERRAHMANE HEDJOUDJE, MYRIAM TERRISTI & UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD AYMEN, HAKIM, SAID, MOHAMED, M. LABIDI, MOHAMED, SAFIA, MOHAMED HAROUN, MEGDA, IDIATOU, KHADIJA, ZINEB, FATOUMATA, NIZAR

Length 50 MINUTES Film format SCOPE 4K Languages FRENCH (95%), ARABIC (5%) Subtitles ENGLISH & FRENCH

THE PRODUCER TARIQ SYED Tariq travelled to Quebec City within days of the shooting at the local mosque. He met with survivors, mourning widows and orphaned children. He attended funerals for the six victims - both in Quebec City and Montreal and realized this attack was one of the worst tragedies in Canada in recent times. He spent hours and days helping the local community by setting up dozens of fundraising and support campaigns. He though the best way for the society not to forget what happened and to pay tribute to those whose perished was to make a documentary. The process of making “Your Last Walk in the Mosque” had started, Tariq made contact with Abderrahmane Hedjoudje and Ubaydah Abu Usayd and decided to produce the documentary.

THE DIRECTORS ABDERRAHMANE HEDJOUDJE Abderrahmane Hedjoudje is a medical doctor, researcher and social entrepreneur. He is the writer of several audiovisual projects including the award-winning documentary Californian Muslims. His goal is to mix science, culture and technology to bring education and edutainment to a creative and uplifting level and raise awareness on important topics among mainstream communities. “Your Last Walk in the Mosque” is a project that implies a whole new emotional and historical dimension that Abderrahmane choose to address.

UBAYDAH ABU-USAYD Ubaydah is a researcher in cinematic arts and editor of several short-term documentaries and fictions. He created in 2014 “Le Cerceau”, a group that organizes workshops and training in filmmaking. His research focuses on the issue of the unpresentable in movies and draws concepts from the traditional Chinese and Islamic arts. When he arrived in Quebec he was stroke by the picture of death, a theme he always wanted to depict without daring to, but that was so naturally addressed by the families of the victims and survivors.


THE DIRECTOR’S NOTE We arrived from Paris only with a broad idea of what happened on January 29. The French media hardly covered this event, they carefully avoided to raise this issue of islamophobia as it is linked to some problems that exist in France. When we arrived at the Islamic center of Quebec for months after the attack, we walked through the door as if we were entering any other mosque in the word. We took off our shoes, everything seemed normal, even the smiles on the faces of the mosque representatives who welcomed us with a great warmth and hospitality. We found only very few physical traces of the attack, everything had been repainted, covered, hidden. Almost everything... some signs where obviously still present in the eyes, in particular in the eyes of those who have seen. With our team, we immediately understood that we did not want to begin an investigation, or to make an institutional film for commemoration. What we had to do was to place the camera at the right distance to capture what the eyes had to tell. It was the only way to seize and understand the griefs that flashing media events and trepidation cannot portray. The idea of the documentary was set although the time to do it was short. In five days only, we witnessed what could have been days and months of emotional sharing while being absorbed by the mosque environment. This is probably at this moment that we started to question our perspective: most of the stories we were gathering were shaped by a particular state of mind we did not catch right away and were not expecting. Since the beginning, we had to face something beyond simple testimonies: the resilience of the witnesses, the survivors and families of those who perished. This resilience had to be understood not only as a psychological post traumatic concept but rather as a true spiritual vision about life and death, a vision amplified by the meaning and symbolic value of the place the tragic event took place in. The fact of dying in a mosque has a strong and important meaning for this community who choose to keep - we noticed it once the mosque was empty – few pairs of shoes on a shelf, at the entrance, the boots of the ones who perished on the mosque carpet. “We did not want to take them off” told us Mohamed Haroun, one of the mosque representatives. Finally, the last physical traces of this tragic night are the stains of salt and snow yet in evidence on these boots sitting there for months. Everything else has been covered and cleaned, set to remain only in the memories and hearts of this community, and we hope partly in this film that pays tribute to those who left.


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We watched the victims and their families telling their stories. It is a perspective that we did not experience during the last year. It draws a special attention to their strength, courage and resilience. This movie gave them a voice. I have a never seen people going out so slowly and silently after watching a movie, gently looking at each other‌ It would have been almost indecent to talk.

A movie viewer


PRESS REPORTS


The Mihrâb Often mentioned by the survivors, the mihrâb played an important role for the protection of the worshippers during the attack. The mihrâb is a circular niche in the wall of the mosque also known as the shelter, the holy of holies. In the Quran, each time Zechariah entered upon Mary he would find goods and provision in the mihrâb. — O Mary, from where is this coming to you? — It is from God, she said. {Quran, 3:37}


“Let them film” Aymen Derbali received seven bullets while he was preventing the gunman to enter the mosque. We met him at the hospital. His voice was trailing off but he insisted to talk, despite the concerns of his wife, ensuring his health does not deteriorate. He insisted that we film and set the microphone on. “My last walk was in the mosque.”


Azzeddine Soufiane

Abdelkrim Hassane

Aboubaker Thabti

Khaled Belkacemi

Mamadou Tanou Barry

Ibrahima Barry

Passed away on January the 29th 2017

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