Cinema in an Age of Terror
North Africa, Victimization, and Colonial History
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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This project began at Ohio State University. I wish to thank my colleague Judith Mayne for her excellent advice and for reading part of the manuscript. Danielle Marx-Scouras, Dana Renga, Gene support for this project. I would like to thank Jean-Luc DeSalvo and Dominique van Hooff for their kind invitation to present part ...
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Crumpling trade towers, suicide bombers, burning embassies, and tortured bodies have become commonplace images of what one might term the age of terror. Such images not only highlight the victimization of the perpetrated but also of the author of such acts, the terrorist. These spectacles of victimization raise questions as to...
1. Resuscitating The Battle of Algiers: The Politics of Race in the War on Iraq
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In late summer of 2003, when resistance to the American occupation in Iraq acquired the profile of a war of guerilla insurgency through increased bombings and acts of sabotage, the office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict at the Pentagon designed and distributed e-mail flyers for those involved...
2. Mapping National Identity and Unrealized Union: Rachid Boucha reb’s Indigènes
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In Le Syndrome de Vichy historian Henry Rousso identifies the return of memories that had been smothered under a reassuring myth of French national resistance during World War II as a period of time best captured by the image of “le miroir brisé” (broken mirror) (120). A number of developments after 1968...
3. Hidden Maps of Victimization: The Haunting Key to Colonial Victimization in Cach
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In both France and Algeria a pervasive fascination with colonial history suggests a haunting at the very core of postcolonial interpretations of the national experience of colonialism.1 With the influx of thousands of Maghrebian and, in particular, Algerian immigrants in France and the specters of French colonialism lingering in Algeria...
4. Creating an Old Maghreb: Beur Cinema and East-West Polarities
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Since the appearance of a cinema produced by children of North African immigrants in France in the early 1980s, debates about integration and assimilation of France’s minority populations have alternately receded only to reappear during periods of political strength shown by France’s right-wing political...
5. Colonial Cinema and the Aesthetics of Postcolonial Victimization: Pépé le Moko and Assia Djebar’s La Disparition de la langue française
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In this chapter I would like to adopt a perspective that will supplement the focus on the visual nature of postcolonial victimization discussed in the preceding chapters. I have attempted to show that in postcolonial francophone cinema on North Africa, the visualization of territory...
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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s internationally acclaimed film Babel (2006), starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, begins in the Moroccan desert with a troubled young American couple, Richard and Susan, traveling on a tourist bus. At this point, despite the different settings and epochs, the scene is uncannily reminiscent...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: France Overseas