CFE Film Series: The Battle of Algiers

CFE Film Series: The Battle of Algiers

Tuesday March 12, 2019 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Ryerson University
Room 307, School of Image Arts
122 Bond St. (corner of Gould St.)
Toronto, Ontario


One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.


“one of the greatest political movies ever made”
-- Phillip French, The Observer

“The chafing, mutually uncomprehending collision of Western occupiers and Muslim occupied has never been captured with such dispassionate, thrilling clarity.
--Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“the greatest film on the subject of insurrection, profiling the Algerian fight for independence against French colonial forces in … stirring detail”

--Glenn Heath, Jr., Slant Magzazine


Introduction by Dimitrios Latsis, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Ryerson School of Image Arts

Co-sponsored with the Documentary Media Research Centre at Ryerson University

This event is free and no registration is required.

Please contact if you require accommodation to ensure inclusion in this event.