Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Battle of Algiers

Watched the movie "The Battle of Algiers", about an armed revolution in Algiers, Algeria against the French colonizers. A must-watch movie, it is top-notch as regards direction and screenplay and often while watching it is hard to believe that it is not a documentary. The movie shows an untainted view of the lives of the revolutionaries, their fearless approach to kill for independence and at same time the extreme torture used by the French. The revolution in 1957 did not succeed as most members of the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) were systematically hunted down and killed. But in 1960 a mass movement restarted and Algeria got independence on July 2, 1966.

One of the memorable dialogues in the movie (by Ben M'hidi, a top FLN leader) ...

It is hard to start a revolution
It is harder to sustain it
It is hardest to win it
and after that the real difficulties begin ...


Watching the movie, parallels can be drawn to non-violent and armed struggles of today---some which are fighting for independence, others that are fighting against market fundamentalism, feudilism, government policies, religous intolerance, forceful occupation, gender/sexual-inclination based oppression etc.

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