• Homage to René Vautier (January 15, 1928- January 4, 2015) •
Avoir 20 Ans dans les Aurès depicts the Algerian war from a soldier’s moral perspective in a film that barely made it past the censors. René Vautier’s documentary-style drama is not only anti-war, but unequivocally critical of how the French government handled the conflict. It would take until the 1970s for the French people, and particularly the French government, to come to terms with their colonial past. This film received the International Film Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cast & Crew
Director : René Vautier
Screenwriter : René Vautier
Starring : Alexandre Arcady, Philippe Léotard, Yves Branellec, Hamid Djelloli, Jean-Michel Ribes
Choose a picture to see the filmography (source : IMDB)
You are about to witness 7 days among Lieutenant Perrin’s commando aka “the Bretons’ Commando” or “Commando of the long-haired”.
This film chronicle sums up 800 hours of interviews with 600 draftees from the Algerian revolution. Now that the high-ranked are telling their side of the story, we also wanted to have the opinion of the draftees… General Bollardière mentioned them in an interview: “The draftees will need time to recover from this war. Every day, some of them tell me how deeply affected they are by what they were forced to do.”
At least 5 witnesses can testify that each scene reflects what happened.