Documentaries and Liberation War Cross-Perceptions

  • Ahmed Bedjaoui
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


Throughout contemporary history, the film documentary has been at the heart of people’s conflicting conceptions when it comes to the Algerian struggle for independence. The two former belligerents waged a veritable war of images that began in 1832 and kept going beyond July 1962.

The representation of contemporary history (in particular when related to the national liberation war) is a central question that raises controversial debate in Algerian cinema. All the more so because this debate implies contrasting and often conflicting perspectives between filmmakers and the public from the different parties concerned: Algerian filmmakers, French filmmakers but also the producers living in Europe who represent a bridge between the two countries.

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  • Ahmed Bedjaoui
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  1. 1.University of Algiers IIIDély IbrahimAlgeria

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