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Algeria film branded as a travesty in Cannes

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Algeria film branded as a travesty in Cannes


A film depicting the bloody fight for Algerian independence has opened in Cannes amid tight security.

Outside, angry demonstrators claimed the movie sullied the memory of the French Army.

Veterans say director’s Rachid Bouchareb’s take on events is revisionist and erroneous:

“We are angry that our country is using public funds from taxpayers to help finance this film, which is an historical travesty.”

The issue of Algeria remains highly sensitive in France.

The director of “Outside the Law” says he hopes to stir debate rather than confrontation.

Critics say a notorious incident in Setif in 1945 when French troops fired on pro-independence demonstrators is not depicted fairly.

For them, events are re-told with an Algerian bias.

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