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France / Morocco / Algeria / Belgium, 2006 (MIFF 2007, World Stories)

Director: Rachid Bouchareb


A multiple award-winner, including two wins at Cannes and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Indigènes pays its dues to the forgotten soldiers of World War II, the North African troops fighting for a France they had never seen and a France that would only ever consider them as second-class soldiers. It follows the fortunes of a band of troops not properly trained but still thrust into the depths of battle, travelling afar to die for their ‘motherland'. This film spurred the French government into raising pensions for more than 80,000 of these war veterans. “A chronicle of courage and sacrifice, of danger and solidarity, of heroism and futility, told with power, grace and feeling.” - New York Times

D Rachid Bouchareb P Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin S Rachid Bourchareb, Olivier Morelle Dist Madman L Arabic TD 35mm/2006/120mins

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