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Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers”


“What to Do About the Iraq Mess?”

A film showing of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers

Introduced by Mark Danner, Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, “The Battle of Algiers” vividly re-creates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the late 1950s. As the violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism. The film was shown after the Pentagon held a private screening of the film in October 2003 as a means to understand the developing situation in Iraq in the early 2000s, which held a striking resemblance to the events shown in the film.

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