Against the Grain

The Battle of Algiers Revisited

It’s been called the greatest political film of all time.  The Battle of Algiers, which was released fifty years ago, told the story of the Algerian people’s struggle against French colonialism.  It became an instant classic and touchstone for radical movements in the Third World and the international left.  And it became a tool for study by those bent on crushing insurgencies, from Uruguay to the Pentagon.  Scholar Sohail Daulatzai looks back at the film’s history and shifting impact on the world.


Sohail Daulatzai, Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue University of Minnesota Press, 2016


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