These are the initial lines of the documentary ‘Nothing is Forgiven’ by Savage Film, which tells the story of how Moroccan activist and journalist Zineb El Rhazoui, who survived the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January 2015. Zineb El Rhazoui, was ICORN writer-in-residence in Ljubljana City of Refuge 2011-2013, when she started working for the satirical magazine in Paris.
When the Arab Spring turned into the Islamist Autumn, Zineb decided to leave Morocco. Unable to find work and fearing for her safety in Morocco, she finds a new professional family in Charlie Hebdo. For the first time in her career, she can work in uncensored freedom amongst kindred souls.
On the 7th of January 2015, her newfound happiness is shot down. As by wonder, she was not present when the terrorists killed her friends and colleagues. From that day on, she became the most protected woman in France, under constant police protection.
Shocked at first, Zineb quickly decided to make a stand against terrorism, and became a public figure speaking out against radical Islam. She gets pregnant and her outlook on the future changes drastically. How to build a life under these conditions? What will the life of her baby girl look like surrounded by bodyguards?
This documentary follows Zineb before, during and after the attacks on the famous satirical magazine. An intimate portrait of someone who had to pay greatly for fighting for her beliefs.
Her opponents have not forgiven her.
The film premiers in Brussels 11 January 11, 2017 on the French language public service channel on January 11th @ 22h11precisely and will be shown on Swedish public television, SVT 2 January 13th at 8 pm
Authors & directors: Vincent Coen & Guillaume Vandenberghe
Director of photography: Guillaume Vandenberghe
Sound engineer: Vincent Coen
Creative Producers: Vincent Metzinger & Tatjana Kozar
Co-producers: Eklektik productions (BE) & RTBF (BE)
Editors: Thomas Vandecasteele & David Dusa
Sound editor: Ingrid Simon
Mixer: Thierry De Vries
Title: Zineb – Nothing is Forgiven
Original language: French, Arabic (Morocco)
Shooting dates: April 2011 – September 2016
Length: 60 minutes
Producer: Savage Film
About Zineb El Rhazoui
Zineb is a journalist, writer and a Human Rights advocate from Morocco. She is a co-founder of the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (MALI movement) that became known for the oique-nique organized during Ramadan in 2009 in order to protest against the article of law that forbids eating in public.
Zineb is also a member of the Freedom and Democracy Movement, better known as the 20th February Movement, that strives for a real democracy in Morocco.
As a graduate with a degree in the Sociology of Religion, she published several articles on religious minorities and the Marabout cult in journal hebdomadaire, a pioneer of the independent press in Morocco, banned by the regime in January 2010. Deprived of her freedom of speech and victim of death threats and police intimidation, especially because of her actions against sexual harassment in public places.
Zineb El Rhazoui was recently published chapters in two books, Les 1000 unes de Charlie Hebdo (Ed. Les échappés) and Nouvelles du Maroc to which she contributed a political short story « Ahmed le businessman » (Coll. Miniatures, Ed. Magellan).
Early 2016, she published the book 13, where she tells about the hell of 13 November through13 witnesses at the heart of the attacks.
She was the ICORN writer in residence of Ljubljana City of Refuge from 2011 to 2013.
About Savage Film team
Vincent Coen (Ghent, 1975) and Guillaume Vandenberghe (Ghent, 1978) live and work in Brussels. They met as teenagers playing in a rock band together and have since collaborated on various projects.
After graduating in Social and Political Sciences at the university of Ghent with the award-winning dissertation ‘Cyberutopism vs Cyberdystopism’, Vincent studied experimental film at the Rits film school. He wrote and directed several short films. His work was selected for Tribeca Film Fest, AFI Dallas Int Film Fest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival. At this moment he is preparing his first feature fiction film "Choco" produced by Savage Film.
Guillaume, first studied photography at KASK Ghent and later graduated as a cinematographer at INSAS film school. Next to his activities as D.O.P., he directed several experimental shorts. His work was shown at festivals and musea all over the world: Pusan Int Film Fest , Karlovy Vary Int Film Fest, Int Rotterdam Film Fest, Int Fest of Films on Art.
Coming from a background with mixed cultural influences, they share a fascination for the concept of identity in a multi-cultural environment, hence their love for Brussels. "Cinéma Inch'Allah!" (2012) was their debut feature documentary and first collaboration with Savage Film.