In Mansourah, You Separated Us
(A Mansourah, tu nous a séparés)
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Explores a staggering, yet largely ignored, dimension of French colonial history in Algeria.Suzanne Gauch, African Studies Review
During the Algerian war of independence, Mansourah was one of thousands of communities the colonial French rulers turned into resettlement camps for the more than 2.3 million Algerians forcibly displaced by the French military. The story of these deportations remains largely unknown, both in France and among younger generations of Algerians.
Drowning by Bullets
Philip Brooks, Alan Hayling, France, 1992/2001
Drowning by Bullets exposes the massacre and the cover-up of one of the darkest nights in the history of France, with policemen, demonstrators, former officials, and journalists who witnessed the events speaking on camera for the first time. These harrowing personal accounts are juxtaposed with clips from the French press, which supported the official lie that only a few people had died in the demonstration. “A must-view for students of colonialism in general and, in particular, Franco-Algerian affairs” (The French Review).