Allons enfants ... For Algeria

(Allons enfants ... pour l'Algérie)

GDR, 1961, 40 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

This documentary, whose title is an adaption of the first line of the French national anthem, presents the Algerian war for independance from France in three stylistically distinct chapters.

 

"Die Saharah lockt" introduces the political and economical background to the conflict and is especially critical of the role of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

"Aïcha" explores the tragic impact the war has on children, families, and refuges through the life story of an Algerian nurse.  

 

Finally, "Vive l'Algérie algérienne" depicts the solidarity of the French people for the Algerians.

Awards

1961 Prize of the Society for Cultural Relations, Leipzig International Documentary and Short Film Week

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