Algeria, Year Zero
(Algérie, année zero)
Made six months after the end of the war, this groundbreaking documentary presents a newly independent Algeria facing the immense task of social and economic reconstruction in its urban and rural areas. The film was initially censored in both France and Algeria.
I Am Eight Years Old
(J’ai huit ans)
Yann Le Masson, Olga Baïdar-Poliakoff, France, 1962
Algerian children who were refugees in Tunisian camps present the tragic events they experienced through artwork they have made. Long banned in France, the film was mostly screened clandestinely.
Algeria in Flames
(Algérie en flammes)
René Vautier, France, 1958
These images of war, recorded in 1956–57 in the Aurès region, are shown from the perspective of the National Liberation Army (ALN) and meant to foster dialogue toward peace. A landmark of Algerian national cinema, the film was immediately circulated all over the world, except in France, where it was screened for the first time in 1968, in the occupied Sorbonne.