Monday, January 12, 2009

Rock the Casbah

Above is the trailer for The Battle of Algiers. It was banned in France in 1965 and torture scenes were cut from the UK and US versions. The Pentagon screened the film in 2003, drawing comparisons with American involvement in Iraq. A flyer for the screening read, "How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range. Women plant bombs in cafes. Soon the entire Arab population builds to a mad fervor. Sound familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film."

"Give us your bombers, and you can have our baskets."

If you like this film, I highly suggest reading Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth.

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