Algerian Struggle: Sixty years on, artists assist heal the injuries

Algerian Struggle: Sixty years on, artists assist heal the injuries

Issued on: 18/03/2022 – 16:36 We convey you a particular present marking 60 years because the finish of the struggle in Algeria and the tip of greater than 130 years of French colonisation. Filmmaker and French-Algerian journalist Dorothée Myriam Kellou speaks to Eve Jackson about her award-winning movie “In Mansourah, You Separated Us”. The documentary sheds

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We convey you a particular present marking 60 years because the finish of the struggle in Algeria and the tip of greater than 130 years of French colonisation. Filmmaker and French-Algerian journalist Dorothée Myriam Kellou speaks to Eve Jackson about her award-winning movie “In Mansourah, You Separated Us”. The documentary sheds gentle on a largely silenced, but important a part of Algerian-French colonial historical past.

Throughout the Algerian Struggle of Independence, Mansourah was one among 1000’s of communities the colonial French rulers changed into resettlement camps. These pressured removals affected almost half the agricultural Algerian inhabitants, and on the finish of the struggle, greater than two million folks have been dispersed between two thousand “regroupement camps” created by the French military. The deeply shifting documentary sees the director take her father, Malek, again to Mansourah – a village he fled as a 10-year-old boy in 1960. It unravels her father’s story but additionally the reminiscences of these displaced in addition to the inhabitants who noticed their village flip right into a camp they might not escape from.

We additionally convey you a particular report from Renaud Lefort and Emerald Maxwell on two artists who’ve been reflecting on one of many darkest pages of France’s colonial historical past. In October 1961, round 30,000 Algerians took to the streets of Paris in a peaceable protest in opposition to a curfew. That day is now known as the Paris massacre of 1961. It is estimated that 200 folks have been killed by the police, with some even thrown into the River Seine. 

Sixty years after the Évian Accords, Algerians and French recall the trauma of the war and its aftermath.
Sixty years after the Évian Accords, Algerians and French recall the trauma of the war and its aftermath. © Studio Graphique – France Médias Monde

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