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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neelam Srivastava
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This article is a companion piece to my interview with the Italian film director Gillo Pontecorvo. The essay presents his two famous anti-colonial films, _The Battle of Algiers_ and _Burn!_, in the context of Pontecorvo’s life and work. I relate his anti-colonialism to his anti-fascism, as is evident in the film _Kapò_, whose protagonist is a Jewish girl struggling to survive in a Nazi concentration camp. His films were influenced by neo-realism and adopted a documentary style of film-making. I examine the strong intertextual links between The Battle of Algiers and Frantz Fanon’s writings that emerged out of his involvement with the Algerian war of independence against the French colonizers. I examine Fanon and Pontecorvo’s different approaches to violence in the context of the anti-colonial struggle.
Author(s): Srivastava N
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 1369-801X
ISSN (electronic): 1469-929X
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