Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies, Religion and Spirituality Studies
On January 29, 2017, a lone gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City, took the lives of six people, injured 19 others and left an entire community in complete shock and grief. This act of hatred, fuelled by racism and Islamophobia, transformed a place of worship and community to a site of unthinkable trauma, devastating Muslim communities the world over and forcing Canadians to question how we got here in the first place.
Four months later, the survivors of the terrorist attack and the victims' families recount the last time they saw those six people and the effect their loss has had on their lives. Through heartfelt testimonials, a grieving community trusts us to listen deeply, bear witness to the heartbreaking loss they've had to endure and commemorate one of the darkest days in recent Canadian history.
2018 Hot Doc Official Selection, 2018 Lake City City Film Festival Official Selection, 2018 One World Film Festival Official Selection
“Deceptively simple in its construction, but unforgettable in terms of its impact, Ubaydah Abu-Usayd and Abderrahmane Hedjoudje powerful and heartbreaking documentary Your Last Walk in the Mosque gives the victims and witnesses of a mass shooting another chance to move towards healing and share their stories of grief, loss, and even hope.” – The Gate, Entertainment Magazine
"We watched the victims and their families telling their stories. It is a perspective that we did not experience during the last year. It draws a special attention to their strength, courage and resilience. this movie gave them a voice."
"I have never seen people going out so slowly and silently after watching a movie, gently looking at each other... It would have been almost indecent to talk." -Maryam Bessiri
About the filmmaker
Abderrahmane Hedjoudje is a medical doctor, researcher and social entrepreneur. He is the writer of several audiovisual projects including the award-winning documentary Californian Muslims. His goal is to mix science, culture and technology to bring education and edutainment to a creative and uplifting level and raise awareness on important topics among mainstream communities. “Your Last Walk in the Mosque” is a project that implies a whole new emotional and historical dimension that Abderrahmane choose to address.
Ubaydah is a researcher in cinematic arts and editor of several short-term documentaries and fictions.He created in 2014 “Le Cerceau”, a group that organizes workshops and training in filmmaking. His research focuses on the issue of the unpresentable in movies and draws concepts from the traditional Chinese and Islamic arts. When he arrived in Quebec he was stroke by the picture of death, a theme he always wanted to depict without daring to, but that was so naturally addressed by the families of the victims and survivors.