“Oussekine”, the Disney+ series which holds up an uncompromising mirror to France

“Why does France feel the need to come back to the Oussekine affair, more than thirty-five years after the facts?” questions, on its website, the Spanish edition of the magazine GQ.

On May 11, the Disney+ platform posted its first original French series, Oussekine. Directed by Antoine Chevrollier (The Bureau of Legends, Black Baron), it returns in four episodes to the story of Malik Oussekine, a 22-year-old student who died in 1986 under the blows of the Parisian police as he left a concert. On May 23, Rachid Bouchareb (Native) will present on the Croisette, in the Cannes Première section, his film Our brothers, devoted to the same matter.

A “compelling and worthy” series

Applauded by French critics, Oussekine has so far not caused much ink to flow abroad. One of the few publications to comment on its staging, La Libre Belgique, salute nevertheless “a gripping and worthy series that avoids the pitfalls of message fiction while reframing the official story. A universal fiction, without pathos or

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