Omar Killed Me

Omar Killed Me  {Omar m’a tuer}
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Omar Killed Me
Omar m’a tuer
Morocco, 2011, 85 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
US Premiere
Topics: Crime, Detective/Mystery, Drama, Jewish Interest, Middle East
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French, Arabic English Sub-Titles

An Arab worker becomes the scapegoat for a brutal murder in this gripping thriller based on one of the most shocking miscarriages of French justice in the last 20 years. Shining a revealing light on racism, class problems and prejudice, Omar Killed Me makes chillingly clear that justice for the powerful is different from that for the poor. Marseille, February 2, 1994. Omar Raddad, a Moroccan gardener is sentenced to 18 years for the murder of a wealthy widow for whom he was working. Numerous elements seem to indicate that the investigation has not been conducted properly, such as the alteration of the victim’s date of death, no fingerprints taken at the crime scene, and the disappearance of a witness who might have helped Omar. However, the legal system reveals itself as self-satisfied, incapable of admitting its own errors, and deeply prejudiced. Cowriter/director Zem, better known as an actor, proves himself a true talent behind the camera while his Days of Glory, Outside the Law costar Sami Bouajila turns in his best ever performance.

DIRECTOR: Roschdy Zem
Producer: Jean Brehat, Rachid Bouchareb
Editor: Monica Coleman
Screenwriter: Olivier Gorce, Roschdy Zem
Cinematographer: Jérôme Alméras
Music: Alexandre Azaria
Principal Cast: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydès, Maurice Bénichou, Salomé Stévenin, Nozha Khouadra
Filmography: Bad Faith (2006)
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