On January 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a French police officer. Amidst a massive manhunt for the killers, an additional five people were murdered and 11 wounded in related attacks over the next two days, including a harrowing standoff between police and a third gunman, claiming allegiance to ISIS, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in Paris.
Drawing on exclusive access to hostages, survivors, police, paramilitary forces and intelligence findings and evidence, as well as never-before-seen footage and photographs, Emmy nominee Dan Reed (HBO’s Terror at the Mall) spotlights the courage and resilience of Parisian police and citizens in Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks. The documentary recounts the three-day ordeal that began with an attack by men acting in the name of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and ended with the first ISIS attack in Paris -- a chilling precursor of other terrorist acts.
The film also chronicles the attacks of lone gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a civilian and a police officer in Paris January 7 and 8 before taking a dozen people hostage at a kosher supermarket in the Porte de Vincennes section of Paris on Jan. 9. In videos and recordings made before and during the rampage, Coulibaly tried to grab some of the credit for himself, saying, “They attacked Charlie Hebdo … while I took on the police. So there you go. We acted kind of together, kind of separately … to have more impact.”
Dan Reed’s previous HBO credits include Terror in Mumbai, Terror at the Mall and Terror in Moscow.
Three Days of Terror was produced and directed by Dan Reed; editor, Mark Towns; executive producer, Luc Hermann; executive producer for BBC, Sam Bagnall. For HBO: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer Sheila Nevins.