Coiffure Zaïdi is a barber shop in the heart of Molenbeek, Brussels. The salon is run by Hassan Elouakili and Redouane Aitoumghar, two Belgians of Moroccan origin. The clientele of Coiffure Zaïdi consists merely of local muslims. Often they enter to have a shave, a haircut or just a chat. Cornered in Molenbeek follows the in and outs of the everyday life in this sleepy corner of Brussels, a place with relatively little importance for the outside world.
The shop closes for a day and then, in an instant, everything changes. News breaks of a terrorist attack on Paris. It’s November 13, 2015 and when the dust settles, 130 people are dead and 413 more are injured. The investigation quickly determines that the attackers are from Molenbeek, Brussels, the very neighbourhood where Coiffure Zaïdi is located.