Kino Lorber has acquired the U.S. rights to the French Charlie Hebdo documentary “It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks.” Directed by Daniel Laconte, the doc follows the legal battle between Charlie Hebdo and the Muslim French Council after the French magazine re-printed Danish cartoons detailing the prophet Muhammed.
Kino Lorber plans a spring release to major U.S. cities as well as to colleges and libraries to strike up conversations regarding freedom of the press and radicalism.
“This documentary elucidates the innate conflict between the French ideal of liberty and the fundamentalist rejection of freedom of expression if it is deemed sacrilegious,” said Elizabeth Sheldon, SVP of Kino Lorber. “It will be a catalyst for conversation.”
The film features accounts from various sources including lawyers and witnesses, and even interviews with Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who died in the tragic attack on January 7 of this year. As a result of the acquisition, the documentary couldn’t have come at a more poignant time.