Bloody seven-year bat­tle

The New Indian Express - - EDITORIAL -

It was only last year that the French gov­ern­ment fi­nally ac­knowl­edged that cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tions were part of a sys­tem of tor­ture dur­ing the bloody seven-year war, be­fore Al­ge­ria de­clared in­de­pen­dence from France in 1962

“All the vi­o­lence which I show in the film hap­pened in re­al­ity,” Dafri in­sisted. Yet the film’s lead char­ac­ter—a tough non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer who has sur­vived France’s ear­lier colo­nial defeat in In­dochina—is in­spired by the sym­pa­thetic fig­ure of Roger Van­den­berghe, a tragic and highly dec­o­rated hero who died aged 24

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