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The Battle of Algiers

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The Battle of Algiers is a 1966 French film about the struggle for Algerian independence. The themes of terrorism, occupation and torture are quite well portrayed and could certainly spark discussion on current events. One problem is that it is subtitled, but with advanced classes this might be OK. Alternatively, if you are teaching either French or Arabic speakers, portions of the movie would be comprehensible to them. You could also show it subtitled in the students’ first language, and just use it for discussion prompts.

It is amazing how relevant this movie seems right now, and it manages to be sympathetic to both sides without being overly idealistic.

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