Coming from Emmy-nominated filmmaker Dan Reed and HBO Documentary Films on Sept. 19 is the in-depth look at one of the most heinous terror attacks with “Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks.”
Described as a lovely sunny day in Paris, it would not end as well. On Jan. 7, 2015 two men would enter the building searching for the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Once they found it, the two terrorists opened fire — killing 12 staff.
That is not where it will end as the Kouachi brothers of Algerian descent continued their spree on the street killing two police officers and wounding 11 more. When the police arrive there is a bit of confusion as to what has happened, but once it is made clear the intense manhunt begins.
While the police focus their efforts on the Kouachi brothers, a man named Amedy Coulibaly enters a supermarket and another hostage situation is taking place. Killing happens swiftly as more police discover that he knows the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly makes it clear that if the Kouachi brothers are harmed, the hostages will be as well.
The brothers are found outside of Paris as they take refuge in a sign company building. Now everything must be handled carefully as the brothers have a hostage as well. The French police do what they must because letting any of the three hostages get away is not an option.
This is just a micro overview of the events that happened on that day. In this documentary, it is the voice of those who lived the horror and the days of terror after that are so moving it is difficult to watch at times.
Dan Reed has made some of the most memorable documentary’s including “Terror in Moscow” (2003), “The 9/11 Liars” (2006), “Terror in Mumbai” (2009), “The Ground Zero Mosque” (2011) and “Children of the Tsunami” (2012). I have seen the documentaries above and I can honestly say that “Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks” gives Reed even more credibility as a documentary filmmaker.
HBO Documentary Films produces the most amazing documentaries that also include “Band of Brothers,” “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” and “Angels in America” to name a few. HBO has won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for their continual search for excellent programming and deservedly so.
What would follow from that day to this is the phrase that would and should be the cry of those who believe in the freedom of speech and expression: “Je Suis Charlie Hebdo” (I am Charlie Hebdo).
Now the world celebrates Frederic Boisseau, Franck Brinsolaro, Jean Cabu, Elsa Cayat, Philippe Honore, Bernard Verlhac, Bernard Maris, Mustapha Ourrad, Michel Renaud, Georges Wolinsky and editor-in-chief Stephane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier. Also, Frederic Boisseau, Officer Ahmed Merabet and Officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe and Brigadier Franck Brinsolaro. Let us not forget Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada.
All of these names should be repeated over and over again enough to dissolve the names of those who are responsible. Charlie Hebdo went to press soon after the attack and continues today holding up their belief in freedom of expression.
Reed puts together these events moment by moment and HBO Documentary Films brings it to us all. This is one of the most emotional documentaries that I have ever watched because every person that speaks is a weight on the heart. There is a totally understandable rawness that lets every viewer inside their private and harrowing story as well as their loss.
In the midst of it all are the law enforcement officers who do everything humanly possible after not only witnessing the after-Hebdo effects but an assault on their own officers and a secondary attack. It is three days that made a country stronger than ever!
“Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks” is a timeline of an event that will never be forgotten because Je Suis Charlie!