The Battle of Algiers (1966. In French and Arabic with subtitles.)
Friday, December 12 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Mohawk Valley Community College – AB 233
Film screening of the film The Battle of Algiers and lecture by adjunct faculty Brendan M. Dunn on the Algerian national liberation struggle, imperialism, and terrorism.
“One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly recreates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.” (from the Criterion Collection)