France’s post-colonial war in Algeria left such a bitter legacy that remarkably few films have been made on the subject. In a rare foray, "Outside of the Law" by Rachid Bouchareb, has drawn angry accusations of "falsifying history".
Riot police were mobilised Friday to the glitzy Cannes waterfront after a film dealing with France’s war in Algeria drew crowds of angry demonstrators.
Outside of the Law - Trailer
Bouchareb also directed the 2006 film “Days of Glory” (Indigènes), which deals with the (often shameful) treatment of Algerian soldiers fighting for France during the Second World War. The film prompted then-president Jacques Chirac to order that such soldiers get the same pensions as French ones.
The film has provoked huge controversy particularly because of its opening scene, which depicts a massacre in the town of Setif in 1945.
Historian Benjamin Stora's point of view
Date created : 2010-05-22