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Days of Glory

 

aka: Indigènes
Algeria 2006, 120 minutes
Dir. Rachid Bouchareb
In French, Arabic with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / War

 

Aroview: Epic Algerian WW2 drama focused on a determined group of Algerian soldiers fighting to defend France with little acknowledgement of their sacrifices because of who they are.

Less of an anti-war statement than a concession of past injustice – that North African Muslims, fighting ironically for their colonial oppressors, were treated with disdain by their French recruiters – dir. Bouchareb threads blunt criticisms throughout the conventions of a war movie. With SAVING PRIVATE RYAN-esque combat sequences interspersed among pensive moments of reflection, this is rendered predictable on the battle front, though as a barometer of continuing ethnic and religious tensions, can claim unique historical and political worth.

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  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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