"Algeria at 50" Film Series: Outside the Law (Hors-La-Loi)

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present:

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

Outside the Law (French: Hors-la-loi, Arabic: خارجون عن القانون‎) is a 2010 drama film directed by Rachid Bouchareb, starring Jamel DebbouzeRoschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila. The story takes place between 1945 and 1962 and focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers in France, set to the backdrop of the Algerian independence movement and the Algerian War. It is a standalone follow-up to Bouchareb's 2006 film Days of Glory, which was set during World War II. Outside the Law was a French majority production with co-producers in Algeria, Tunisia and Belgium.

View trailer here.

"Algeria at 50"

In the fifty years since Algeria's independence, the historical verdict on the social, economic, and political consequences of French colonial rule has remained largely unsettled. The distance between Algerian and French “memories of colonialism” was recently epitomized by the very different, even contradictory, observances on both sides of the Mediterranean of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Algerian war of independence, 1954-1962. 

In the two national perspectives of the shared and common colonial history of France and Algeria, several chapters remain particularly divisive; among them: the true complexion of the Franco-Algerian conflict; the legitimacy of revolutionary violence and the resort to extrajudicial counter-measures in the colony and the metropole; the internal cohesion of the Algerian nationalist front; the sanctity of the singular official historical narrative; the status of the harkis, or the Algerians who served under the French flag and collaborated with the colonial authorities. 

The films in the series “Algeria at 50” address many of these critical and contested historical questions, and were selected on the basis of their individual efforts to deliver definitive judgments on the still volatile history of French Algeria.

Each film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Osama Abi-Mershed.

Contact: 

Marina Krikorian

Public Affairs Coordinator

phone: 202-687-6215

email: ccasevents@georgetown.edu