The story of Malik Oussekine will be revisited as a new mini-series that will be part of 10 new projects that Disney+ has announced.
Disney+ has announced a slate of 10 European originals in addition to its first projects for international streamer Star.
The story of Malik Oussekine, the French-Algerian student who died in police custody in France in 1986, is among one of the originals being adapted into a new series.
This four-part limited series explores the event of December 5, 1986, which led to the death of a young student, Malik Oussekine. The show is anchored by his family’s fight for justice and the impact his death had on French society.
Oussekine is created and directed by Antoine Chevrollier and co-written by Faïza Guène, Julien Lilti, and Cédric Ido. It is housed at Itinéraire Productions.
Oussekine’s tale was previously an inspiration for classic 1995 French film La Haine, starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui, was largely inspired by the case of the 22-year-old student protester who died after being badly beaten by riot police after a mass demonstration in 1986, which he did not take part in.
The film was hugely acclaimed at the time and has maintained its stature over the years, being named #32 on Empire’s 100 Best Films of World Cinema in 2010.
The plot, which borrows elements from Oussekine’s life, mentions Oussekine by name in its opening.