The Battle of Algiers
[screening and round table]
March the 2nd at 5 pm
Phil Taylor Cinema
School of Media and Communication [2nd floor – room 2.13] Clothworkers’ Building North- (building 56 on Campus Map)
University of Leeds
(w/ English subtitles)
Originally banned in France, this 1966 Italian-Algerian historical war film depicts the Algerian War (1954–62) against the French government in North Africa. The film concentrates on the years between 1954 and 1957 when the guerrilla fighters regrouped and expanded into the Casbah, which was met by French paratroopers attempting to regain territory. The film is followed by a discussion and analysis of the relevance of this film in current times.
Round table with:
Associate Professor and Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and author of the forthcoming book The Battle of Algiers.
Reader at the School Sociology and Social Policy and author of the books A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism and Recalling the Caliphate.
More about the film:
Original title: La Battaglia di Algeri [معركة الجزائر; La Bataille d’Alger] Italy/Algeria – 1966 – 121 min. – B&W – 1.85:1 – French, Arabic
Directed by: Gillo Pontecorvo
Written by: Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Music by: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Cinematography: Marcello Gatti
Edited by: Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei
Admission is free but due to copyright restrictions is only open to university staff and students.