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Remembering and forgetting in their most extreme forms are crucial factors in the negotiation of a modern Algerian national identity. Algeria's history since gaining independence from French rule in 1962 has made questions of memory particularly acute. This article explores how the Algerian cinema of the last twenty years or so has attempted to counter official history – working against both enforced amnesia and a state-sanctioned monolithic memory fixated on the liberation struggle – to celebrate the transmission of corporeal gendered memory, of marginalized cultural identities, and of neglected historical origins. In the context of October 1988 and the so-called civil war of the 1990s, close readings are offered of films by Merzak Allouache, Mohamed Chouikh, Nadir Mokneche, Amor Hakkar and Tariq Teguia. Theoretical underpinning comes from readings of Fanon, Freud, cultural history and trauma theory.
Author(s): Austin G
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of African Cinemas
Print publication date: 01/07/2010
ISSN (print): 1754-9221
ISSN (electronic): 1754-923X
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
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