The Battle of Algiers
Saturday 25th August at 6pm
Ritchie Theatre – University of New South Wales. Kensington [Download a UNSW Map]
With Introduction by Dr. Ali White, Co-ordinator, Muslims For Peace
The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon’s special operations chiefs held an in-house screening last year. The Post quoted a Pentagon flier for the screening: “How to win the 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 fervour. Sound familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of the film.” – SMH
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Take a sneak preview at some scenes from the highly acclaimed 1966 film, The Battle of Algiers, that depicts the Algerian struggle for independence against the French occupation in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Parallels are being drawn between the French use of torture against resistance fighters in Algeria and the U.S. abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.