Filmed without his knowledge and described as “bearded” in a Netflix film, a man files a complaint


Appearing stealthily and without her consent in the movie Sentinel, Rami Sahli, an electrician from Nice, attacks the platform for “public provocation to discrimination, to racial hatred”. The audio description was changed a few days after receiving the remark.

Bad publicity for the Netflix platform. His blockbuster Sentinel , film directed by the French Julien Leclercq which honors the actress and model of Ukrainian origin Olga Kurylenko – James Bond girl from Quantum of Solace – and ranked first in the United States and number 2 in France, did not leave the public indifferent. To the point that some have noticed the fortuitous presence of a young man of twenty-two, Rami Sahli, described as “bearded” in audio description (version for the deaf and hard of hearing). Problem: this Nice electrician of North African origin never gave his consent to be filmed.

The passage in question features the heroine of the film, a soldier from the Sentinel mission stationed in Nice, observing through the telescope of her submachine gun two young men greet each other and leave each other on the Promenade des Anglais. In the offending version, the images were accompanied by the following explanation: “Two young bearded men with backpacks shake hands and separate”. The latter happen to be Rami Sahli and one of his colleagues, leaving an electricity site and filmed without their knowledge. Netflix has since changed the audio description of his film to remove the term “bearded”. The retorted comment now mentions “Two young men, provided with backpacks, [serrant] the hand and [séparant].

The newspaper Nice morning , the young man says: “That day, December 2, 2019, I was leaving an electrical work site near the beach restaurants of the Prom ‘ [Promenade des Anglais, N.D.L.R.], with a colleague. We said hello, and I went home. I didn’t see a filming truck, nothing. ” When the feature film was broadcast on the platform in March 2021, eighty messages – amused or indignant – reached his cell phone and informed him of this capture. “Are you okay, Rami?” I saw you in a movie on Netflix, I’m shocked. We are talking about bearded men, I do not understand. Everybody’s talking about it, take care ”, one would have written to him in particular.

According to information from the regional daily, confirmed by AFP, an investigation was opened after Sahli filed a complaint on June 1 for “public incitement to discrimination, to racial hatred”, the complainant’s counsel said. Me Jean-Pascal Padovani. A civil action is also envisaged, for “exploitation of image for commercial purposes without authorization”, always the lawyer.

“The director allowed himself to make a link between the Maghrebian aspect of the people filmed, which is moreover without their authorization and on the very scene of the attack of July 14, 2016, and religious fundamentalists. This is unacceptable, it implies that any person of North African origin is potentially a terrorist ”, indignant Me Padovani to AFP.

On July 14, 2016, a thirty-one-year-old Tunisian, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, left 86 dead and more than 400 injured by rushing into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, driving a truck. In 2015, three soldiers were also attacked with a knife outside a Jewish community center in Nice.

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