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Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975)

Ahdat sanawovach el-djamr (original title)
The beginings of the Algerian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a peasant.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yorgo Voyagis ... Ahmed
Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina ... Le conteur fou
Leila Shenna Leila Shenna ... La femme
Cheikh Nourredine Cheikh Nourredine ... L'ami
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le contremaître de la carrière
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yahia Ben Mabrouk Yahia Ben Mabrouk ... Kouider
Hacène Benzerari Hacène Benzerari
Henri Czarniak Henri Czarniak ... (as Henry Czarniak)
Hassan El Amir Hassan El Amir
Mohamed Hadj Smaïn Mohamed Hadj Smaïn ... Slimane
Brahim Hadjadj
Hassan Hassani Hassan Hassani
Mohammed Kouiret Mohammed Kouiret
Sid Ali Kouiret Sid Ali Kouiret
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Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1975, Chronicle of the Years of Embers portrays Algeria's struggle for independence from French colonial rule. The story follows a peasant's migration from his drought-stricken village to his eventual participation with the Algerian resistance movement, just prior to the outbreak of the Algerian War of Independence. Written by The Dude <mezzodon@yahoo.com>

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Country:

Algeria

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

26 November 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of the Burning Years See more »

Filming Locations:

Laghouat, Algeria See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Algerian's official submission to the 48th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Featured in Caméra arabe (1987) See more »

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Colonialism depicted from the perspective of the enslaved
25 June 2019 | by politfilmSee all my reviews

It is very rare to see colonialism depicted from the perspective of the enslaved. In this great Algerian movie, director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina succeeded in showing the essence of colonial rule and many aspects of resistance to colonialism - from spontaneous to organized resistance, from the failure of the parliamentary opposition to the inevitability of armed struggle.

Social conditions and events that preceded, and eventually led to the Algerian revolution are shown from the perspective of an Algerian peasant. At the beginning, in late 1930s, he decides to leave his village that was hit by severe drought because the French built a dam on the river, and goes into the town expecting to find a better life for himself and his family. The story spans over a period of more than 15 years - from drought, famine, typhoid, through the Second World War. The post-war status quo is shown to be maintained through manipulation and repression, but also confronted through organized anti-colonial resistance, and the repression in French prisons, all the way up to 1st November of 1954 which is regarded as the starting date of the Algerian revolution. Based on actual events.


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