Ben Barka + Drowning by Bullets
BEN BARKA: THE MOROCCAN EQUATION
Director: Simone Bitton
2002 / 84 mins / DCP
DROWNING BY BULLETS
Director: Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling
1992 / 52 mins / Digital
An outspoken voice for Moroccan independence and a leader of the left in his native country, Mehdi Ben Baraka disappeared from Paris in October of 1965, and shortly thereafter seemed to be erased from history—an injustice which this searching biographical documentary works to redress, restoring along with Barka’s life his alternative, progressive vision for his nation. Screens with Drowning by Bullets, a heartbreaking investigation into the tragic events of October 17, 1961, when Algerian demonstrators were massacred by Parisian police.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.