About the film
africa colonialism algeria struggle for independence anti-colonialism maghreb independance war anti-imperalism
Dawn of the Damned
Release Date: January 01, 1965
|Genres||:||Documentary, History, Drama|
|Production Companies||:||Centre National du Cinéma Algérien (CNCA)|
|Writers||:||René Vautier, Ahmed Rachedi, Mouloud Mammeri|
This excellent feature-length documentary - the story of the imperialist colonization of Africa - is a film about death. Its most shocking sequences derive from the captured French film archives in Algeria containing - unbelievably - masses of French-shot documentary footage of their tortures, massacres and executions of Algerians. The real death of children, passers-by, resistance fighters, one after the other, becomes unbearable. Rather than be blatant propaganda, the film convinces entirely by its visual evidence, constituting an object lesson for revolutionary cinema.