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Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall, 515 West 116th Street

October 2018

FILM: Checks and Balances (Contrepouvoirs)

FILM: Checks and Balances (Contrepouvoirs) Malek Bensmaïl, 2015, 97 min. To RSVP, please click here. Screening and discussion with filmmaker Malek Bensmaïl, in conversation with Madeleine Dobie. Algerian documentary filmmaker Malek Bens­maïl set up his camera in the news­room of the famous daily paper El Watan, the spea­rhead of the Alge­rian inde­pendent press, to film the proce­dures and thought processes behind jour­na­lism during the last presi­den­tial elec­tion. Accom­mo­da­ted since Alge­ria’s Bloody Decade of the 1990’s in the “House of the Press,” the…

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FILM: The Battle of Algiers: A Film Within History

FILM: The Battle of Algiers: A Film Within History Malek Bensmaïl, 2017, 117 min. To RSVP, please click here. Screening and discussion with filmmaker Malek Bensmaïl. With excep­tio­nal archival mate­rials and many inter­views (Alge­ria, France, Italy, United-States) Malek Bensmaïl’s docu­men­tary about Gillo Pontecorvo’s legendary 1965 film, The Battle of Algiers, will give us, sixty years after, a strong look back at this film half­way between history and legend. In 1965, three years after Alge­ria gained its inde­pen­dence, Italian film-maker Gillo Ponte­corvo began…

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