Oussekine is a biographical drama following the demise of a French-Algerian student during protests in Paris and its aftermath.
The series will premiere on Hulu on May 25.
Cast and creators
- Hiam Abbass
- Sayyid El Alami
- Kad Merad
- Tewfik Jallab
- Thierry Godard
- Naidra Ayadi
- Mouna Soualem
- Laurent Stocker
- Matthieu Lucci
- Malek Lamraoui
- Richard Sammut
- Olivier Gourmet
- Slimane Dazi
Created by Antoine Chevrollier and Cédric Ido
Directed by Antoine Chevrollier
Produced by Benjamin Hess, Anthony Lancret, Pierre Laugier
“1986, December 5th. As student protests rock the city of Paris and leave the police on high alert, a 22 year-old student Malik Oussekine, on his way home from a jazz concert, is chased down by police, beaten, and dies in a stairwell in the 6th arrondissement. His death shocked the nation and Malik’s name became a rallying cry for resistance to police brutality. For the first time in a TV drama, Oussekine will explore Malik’s death and his grieving family’s fight for justice, as well as the difficult integration of an Algerian family in France in the 80s.”
The series is based on the unfortunate true story of Malik Oussekine, a 22-year old student who reached a brutal end at the hands of two police officers during the 1986 protests in Paris against the Devaquet law. Paul Bayzelon had been an unlucky witness to Oussekine’s death after he opened the door to a distraught Malik, trying his best to lose the police chasing him.
Oussekine’s death intensified the protests, turning their focus to “the entire security and racist policy of the government.” It also initiated Alain Devaquet’s resignation from the post of Higher Education minister, hours after its announcement.
In Paris in 1986, students oppose university reforms and the Devaquet law through protests, during which Malik, the youngest of seven Oussakine siblings, goes missing. Concerned, his family sets out on a search for him which goes in vain.
The following day, they are informed that Malik was found dead in a stairwell the previous night.
On learning that the police had chased him down and beaten him to death despite him having no involvement with the protests, the family sets out on a quest seeking justice for the life lost.