Saturday, March 10, 2007

"The Battle of Algiers"

Battle of AlgiersAfter 130 years of occupation the oppressed people of Algeria erupted into violent resistance against the French military forces. In the 1950s and early 1960s the Arabs living in the Casbah, the "Muslim Quarters" of Algiers, formed an alliance to overturn their foreign handlers. The 1966 film, "The Battle of Algiers," provides a gritty examination of life stifled beneath outside coercion.

If Hollywood wanted to make a statement about Iraq or the Israeli/Palestinian conflict simply remake this movie. It's all here - guerrilla combat, legalized torture, manipulation of the media, and mindless escalation of violence by both sides.

Purchase the film and see the conflict through their eyes.

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