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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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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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During the screening of this movie at the Cannes Film Festival, director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina was threatened with death by the French underground terrorist organization. Michel Poniatowski , the french interior minister in 1975, sent a security squad to protect Lakhdar-Hamina and his three children at the festival. See more »


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Most impressive!
6 January 2007 | by m-wolkerstorferSee all my reviews

I only could see this film 25 years ago in Zurich in an independent cinema, no more ever since then, not even on DVD, no matter how much I tried.

Here, at last, I found it described and cannot help but tell everybody to see this wonderful movie, one of the best I have ever seen (I am the co-founder of an independent cinema in Austria).

Don't miss it, I hope that it it comes on DVD, finally!

It is an important human and political document about a time and circumstances, which seem gone, but, in one or the other way are going on and on all over the world even faster than ever and finally lead to problems for us all.

The "solution" of this film is not the one I prefer, but this film makes it understandable, how it came and comes to reactions, nobody really wants, 50 years ago, today, and, unfortunately also tomorrow. But, as history shows, this struggle was not in vain.

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Release Date:

26 November 1975 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Laghouat, Algeria See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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