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Algerian Cinema in Cordoba

From September 04, 2012 until October 05, 2012

On the event of the fiftieth anniversary of the Algerian independence, Casa Árabe shows in Cordoba a film selection, fiction films focused on this topic.

Algeria became independent with the signature of the Evian Agreements on July 1962, after 132 years of French colonialism and an eight-year national war.


To Be Twenty in the Aures, de René Vautier (France, 1972, 97 min.)
A group of young pacifists from Britanny is taken to a camp destined to deserters. They end up by accepting the increasing violence with which they are trained, and become true killing machines. In April, 1961, they are moved to the Aurès mountains in Algeria where they face off against troops from the National Liberation Army. During the battle, the battalion captures a rebel that they must execute the next morning. Will discipline override their deepest convictions? 

The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo (Algeria and Italy, 1965, 120 min.)
The Battle of Algiers reconstructs those events which happened on the French Algerian capital between November 1954 and December 1960, during the war of independence. It starts with the organization of revolutionary cells in the kashba and continues during the civil war between the Algerians and the so-called pieds-noirs. Violence increases on both sides, until French paratroopers arrive; their mission is to eradicate the Algerian National Liberation Front. The film was banned in France until 1970.

Outside the Law, by Rachid Bouchareb. (Algeria, France and Tunisia, 2010, 132 min.)
After World War II, three Algerian brothers who were expelled of their land meet again in Paris. Messaoud and Abdelkader fight for their country independence in the National Liberation Front, whereas Said tries to make fortune in boxing clubs and slums on the Pigalle neighbourhood. Their destinies will end up joining the one of that nation struggling for its freedom.

Cartouches gauloises [Gauloise cartons], by Mehdi Charef. Algeria and France, 92 min, 2007.
1962 spring is the last of the Algerian war, the season previous to the summer of independence. The Algerian Ali is an eleven year-old boy who sells newspapers. His best friend Nico is French. Both of them see how their worlds change and they face their impending separation.

Screening program

Friday, September 14thTo Be Twenty in the Aures, de René Vautier (France, 1972, 97 min.)
Friday, September 21st    
The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo (Algeria and Italy, 1965, 120 min.)
Friday, September 28thOutside the Law, by Rachid Bouchareb (Algeria, France and Tunisia, 2010, 132 min.)
Friday, October 5thCartouches gauloises [Gauloise cartons], by Mehdi Charef (Algeria and France, 2007, 92 min.)
Screenings will take place Casa Árabe’s Auditorium in Cordoba (c/ Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9), at 20.00. Original version with subtitles in Spanish.
Algerian Cinema in Cordoba