"Algeria at 50" Film Series: The Battle of Algiers

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present:

The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)

The Battle of Algiers (Italian: La battaglia di Algeri; Arabic: معركة الجزائر‎; French: La Bataille d'Alger) is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against The French Government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. It was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.

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