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Pre-view film Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo online and write weekly write-up on the film

Guiding Questions as you watch Battle of Algiers

  • Using Susan Sontag’s theories of witnessing other people’s pain and suffering, what different witnessing positions does Pontecorvo (the film director) explore in this film? What are the atrocities/contexts of violence he asks us to think about?
  • How does this film relate to Fanon’s thesis on violence?
  • What is the role of the media in the struggle of the Algerian people? What is Colonel Matthieu’s position on the news coverage in France? Why is he skeptical of allowing the member of the FLN speak to the media? What would Susan Sontag say about that moment in the film?

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