About Caroline Fourest

 

IMG_5542Caroline Fourest is a filmmaker, director, teacher, journalist, columnist, and was the co-founder of the journal ProChoix (feminist, anti-racist and secularist).

She is teaching at Sciences-Po Paris on “Multiculturalism and Universalism”.

She has been columnist in Le MondeFrance Culture and now in Marianne.

She had written many famous essays on the far right and fanaticism, including Crossfire (a comparison between Jewish, Christian and Muslim fundamentalism), Brother Tariq (the doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan)Marine Le Pen unmasked, In praise of Blasphemy  (why Charlie Hebdo is not ‘islamophobic’) and Genius of Secularism.

Most of her books are published in paperback and she has received several awards for her work, including the National Award of « Laïcité » in 2005, the Political Book Award, the Jean Zay Award, the Condorcet-Aron Award, the Fetkann Award, as well as the Adrien Duvand of Academy of Moral and Political Sciences Award.

For 3 years she produced a radio show on France inter called « Ils changent le monde ».She also proposed a serie of  11 TV debate on France 24, called « The French Model »  in French, English an Arabic.

She was a journalist at Charlie Hebdo for five years, from 2004 to 2009, during the « Cartoon’s affair ». She wrote the main paper explaining the Danish Cartoon’s affair in the edition where Charlie decided to show a Mohamed to condemn fanatism and defend freedom of speech.

In praise of Blasphemy, in defence of Charlie, is a best-seller in France and received the « price of Tolerance » Lucien Caroubi 2015. Salman Rushdie described the book as « A Vitally important book ».

After the slaughter of 7/01, She tried to show the cover of Charlie Hebdo, a Muhammad who says « I am Charlie », but Sky NEWS — who had decided to not show Charlie to not « offend » — decided to censore her during the live.

 

Caroline Fourest received threats because of her work on Islamism, and for signing the Manifesto against new Totalitarianism with Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen.

Well known hate figure for extreme right-wing and racist groups, she has been physically beaten by members of neo-fascist groups during protest against Marriage for all, that she defends.

She also wrote book about Inna Shevchenko, the leader of Femen. More than a portrait, it is a journal of the contemporary fight for feminism, which unites young rebels from Arab Spring to Ukrainian Spring.

Her last book, Genius of Secularism, explains the difference between French and American Secularism.

She had given conferences in many countries: Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, USA, Canada…

As a filmmaker, she has directed 21 documentaries and has produced 70 films about Muslim women’s voices around the World. She also received an award of the best script for a short-movie in 2003.

Her next movie as director, is a fiction film based on true events. « Sisters in Arms » who tells the epopee of an international brigade of female fighters who joined the Kurdish Resistance to save Yezidis women.

To read one of Caroline’s books in English: In praise of Blasphemy or Brother Tariq

  • To see the film about Caroline and hers camarades of Charlie during the cartoons affair.

 

If the majority of her texts are in French, some have been translated in English, in Spanish, in Croatian, in Persian, in Italian, in Arabic,  in Japanese , in Russian.

 

 

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