Immediately following the film will be a talkback with media scholar and author of Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, Sohail Daulatzai.
An essential film for any movie buff, lover of history or Arab/Arab American studies, The Battle of Algiers (1966) is a classic film that highlights the Algerian struggle for independence from the colonial rule of France. The socio-political drama mainly chronicles the three-year Battle of Algiers, one of the most prominent battles in Algerian's war of independence. The film is based on actual events and involves a mostly Algerian cast of non-professional actors.
Over the years, the film has won several awards, including the Golden Lion and FIPRESCI Prize from Venice Film Festival (1966), and has been nominated for several awards at the Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film (1967), Best Director (1969) and Best Writing, Story & Screenplay—Written Directly for the Screen (1969).