The Battle of Algiers + Black Panthers
DIRECTOR: GILLO PONTECORVO
CAST: BRAHIM HADJADJ, JEAN MARTIN, YACEF SAADI
Director: Agnès Varda
1968 / 31 mins / DCP
Power to the People: Made in Algeria and banned for years in France, Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo’s quasi-documentary re-creation of a Third World revolutionary struggle was arguably the late ‘60s’s most incendiary feature—dividing audiences at the 1967 New York Film Festival, alarming the police, and providing inspiration for African American militants. During the trial of the Panther 21, the prosecution introduced the movie as evidence. After the trial, one juror remarked that The Battle of Algiers “did more to help me see things from the defense point of view than the D.A. suspected.” Agnès Varda’s short documentary Black Panthers is a casually electrifying account of Black Panther Party rallies and demonstrations. Made in Oakland during the summer of 1968, it was commissioned by French TV, which then refused to show it.
Total runtime: 152 mins
Screening in the series Everything Was Now.