Synopsis by Mark Deming
Years before the United States entered what has come to be known as "the War on Terrorism," Giles Boulouque was a French judge who gained a certain infamy as a result of his efforts to fight terrorism in his nation. In 1987, Boulouque released an Iranian man who was suspected of being a high-ranking member of an international terrorist network following an exhaustive two-hour interview. Many believed the suspect was freed as part of an agreement with Lebanese kidnappers who has abducted a handful of French reporters in a political action; Boulouque was widely criticized for his actions, and later was the subject of legal action when he discussed the matter with a French reporter, raising the ire of other Middle Eastern activists with suspect ties to Iran. Boulouque's professional reputation never recovered from the public outcry against him on both sides of the political fence, and in 1990, he committed suicide. His daughter Clemence Boulouque was only thirteen years old when her father died, and in his documentary La Fille du Juge, filmmaker William Karel examines Giles's public disgrace, the events that led to his downfall, his private life, and how the downward spiral of his life has impacted his daughter to this day. La Fille du Juge (aka My Dad Is Into Terrorism) was adapted from Clemence Boulouque's memoir, Mort d'un Silence.