2020

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s four documentary films (Bosna!, The Oath of Tobruk, Peshmerga, and The Battle of Mosul) were presented in retrospective showings at two legendary American theaters, the Quad Cinema in New York (January 10–16, 2020) and the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles (January 17–18).

On 11 June 2020, Ce virus qui rend fou, published by Grasset, appeared in bookstores in France, followed shortly by its appearance in Italy and the United States, two of the countries most severely affected by the pandemic.

On 19 May Lévy announced his intention to donate all of his royalties from sale of the book to Adelc (an association of independent bookstores).

From late 2019 through September 2020, Lévy served as a special envoy of the editors of the legendary Paris Match for a series of seven reports entitled “The Wars on Which Our Destiny Depends.” These journalistic explorations led him, in most cases during the pandemic shutdown, to Nigeria, where he sounded a global alert on the fate of the country’s Christians; to Kurdistan, to support his Peshmerga friends faced with reprisals from the Islamic State; to Somalia, which is mired in the chaos of Islamist militias; to Ukraine, from which he reported the return of trench warfare to Europe; to Bangladesh in the footsteps of his youthful self but also on the trail of the origins of the conflict between mainstream and radical Islamism; to Libya, where he narrowly averted tragedy and encountered the ugliest forms of anti-Semitism; and finally Afghanistan, where he met with the son of Commander Massoud and heir to his legacy of fighting religious fundamentalists.

These reports were published contemporaneously in leading American and European outlets, notably the Wall Street JournalEl Espagnol, and La Republicca.

While completing this series, BHL also traveled several times to Lesbos, reporting in Paris Match the horrible conditions of the migrants and refugees living in the camp there. About this shame of Europe, he wrote, “I have seen many camps in my life, but rarely such unbounded sadness.”


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