What comparisons can be made between violence and colonialism in “Battle of Algiers” and the occupation in “Paradise Now”?

Carol Anne Grayson (Radical Sister) blog


“Battle of Algiers”, the colonizers and the oppressed

The films Battle of Algiers (1966) and Paradise Now (2005) though set almost 40 years apart are both films which deal with the ongoing international theme of terrorism within lands occupied by colonists/ oppressors. In order to explore the question of the relationship between violence and occupation it is important to define the word “terrorism” and consider within each film to whom that term might apply. For this purpose I quote the CIA definition of terrorism,

The term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.

The term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving the territory or the citizens of more than one country.

The term “terrorist group” means any group that practises, or has significant subgroups that practice international terrorism.

(Central Intelligence Agency, 2002: www.cia.gov

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