#159: The Battle of Algiers

6kv3n1cgieaeyf4wepeck1oeh7n#159 – The Battle of Algiers, (La battaglia di Algeri), 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels’ struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

#508: Z

shpwsrjvkuyrhanxo0ofkptnfji#508 – Z, 1969, Costa-Gavras

Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it’s too late to save Z’s life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts leak out, those who tell the truth pay the price for their honesty.