La Chine Est Encore Loin

Malek Bensmaïl. 2008. France, Algeria. vo French, Arabic. s English. 120’

v Arabic s English
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On November 1, 1954, two French teachers and an Algerian Muslim leader fall victim to a mortar attack near the small Chaoui village of Ghassira. This event marks the start of the Argelian independence war. Fifty years later, Malek Bensmaïl takes his camera into this region considered “the cradle of the revolution” and questions its inhabitants about their relationship to its history and language and to France. Today's students bear witness to a different age, the contemporary Argelia that can be glimpsed between acceptance and rebellion. Between memory, the present and the future. November 1, 1954 near Ghassira, a small village nestled in the Aurès mountains. Two French teachers and an Algerian notable are the first civil victims of a war that will last for seven years and eventually lead to Algerian independence. More than fifty years later, Malek Bensmail returns to this village, which became "the cradle of the Algerian revolution," to film this chronicle of it and its inhabitants throughout the seasons, capturing the present and the past. The Algerian heartlands, larger than life, rich, poignant, confronted with its future. ?

Una mirada nostàlgica que recorda la batalla algeriana per la seva independència, fa cinquanta anys. El director Malek Bensmaïl visita un poble petit al camp algerià, entre un oasi i una estepa, descrit com el ‘bressol de la Revolució'. Filmant els habitants actuals i la quotidianitat del lloc, aprofundeix en el seu passat, desenterrant un tapís fascinant d'històries que reflecteixen la lluita algeriana per definir un futur, a la vegada que assimilen el tumultuós llegat del seu passat.


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