C’est dur d’être aime par des cons

‘Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists’ was the title on the front page, followed by a cartoon of a weeping Prophet with a speech bubble saying ‘It’s hard being loved by jerks.’ This issue of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo sold over twice as many copies as usual and stirred up a religious debate that led to a legal battle when Philippe Val, the magazine’s editor, was taken to court. Filmmaker Daniel Leconte covered this extraordinary trial in real time, aiming to decipher the international political and media-related issues with the participation of the key players. The resulting film provides a fascinating reflection on Islam, on the press and on the state of public opinion in French society.

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