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Battle of Algiers, The
1966, Gillo Pontecorvo, 125 minutes.
Driven by powerful performances, The Battle of Algiers is a complex, award-winning landmark in film history that was initially banned by the French government for its exploration of the Algerian struggle to gain independence from French Colonialism.

This enhanced three-DVD Criterion edition includes Return to Algiers (1992, 55 mins.), a return to Algeria with the director and his son; a new behind-the-scenes documentary; a discussion on the film's influence with directors Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh and Oliver Stone; The Dictatorship of the Truth (37 mins.), narrated by Edward Said, about the relationship between the director's politic and his filmmaking style; The Battle of Algiers and History with interviews with historians, former FLN members and more; a 30-minute excerpt from the documentary L'Ennemi Intime, focusing on the French-Algerian War; How to Lose the Battle But Lose the War of Ideas, a conversation on the film's contemporary relevance; theatrical and pre-release trailers; a poster gallery; and optional English subtitles.

 
Feature Film:
• 100% Arabica Mahmoud Zemmouri, 1997, 85 minutes,
• Chronicle of the Years of Embers Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina, 1975, 175 minutes,
• Desert Ark, The & Daratt (Dry Season) Mohamed Chouikh, 1997, 90 minutes,
• Living In Paradise Bourlem Guerdjou, 1998, 105 minutes,
• Omar Gatlato Merzak Allouache, 1976, 90 minutes,
• Road to Love, The Rémi Lange, 2002, 70 minutes,
• Salut Cousin! Merzak Allouache, 1996, 104 minutes,
• Wife For My Son, A Ali Ghalem, 1982, 90 minutes,
Documentary:
• Beat of Distant Hearts: Art of Revolution In Western Sahara Danielle Smith, 1999, 45 minutes,
• Song of Umm Dalaila Danielle Smith, 1993, 35 minutes,
Books:
• Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity Viola Shafik—author, 2007, 255 pages,

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