On the Battle of Algries

The Battle of Algiers is a powerful movie in the way that it illustrates an inspirational revolution where freedom and independence triumphs over oppression and colonialism. The film shows how FLN tries to achieve independence from France, by demonstrating guerilla tactics. FLN militants were planting bombs in restaurants, shooting police officers and soldiers at point-blank range. In other words, it was not a peaceful protest. The French government in Algiers couldn’t handle the situation on their own so the army got involved to restore an order.

The cause of the conflict in the film is the persistent injustice experienced by the native Arab Algerians through colonialism and occupation. While this injustice is not always made explicit to the viewer, its reality is apparent in different ways. Be it Arabs inhabitant situation, the difference between what Arabs and French do (labor), the attitude of French toward Arabs and the whole justice system and how it implies on Arabs through torture.

European quarters were upscale, clean and developed. Houses and streets were similar to one in France. In opposite, Muslim quarters were poor, dirty and old fashioned. While watching the movie, I observed that whenever camera shots episodes in Muslim quarters, there’s a feeling that they still live in dark ages. Not only were the neighborhoods different but also people, especially women.

In conclusion, it’s important to point out that power and intergroup conflict was part of everyday life both for French and Algerians in the movie. Powerless and being abused, colonized Algerians couldn’t take it anymore and the ongoing conflict between these two groups led to revolution and independence of Algeria.


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