"Battle of Algiers". Courtesy of Rialto Pictures.


Fall 2019

Past Events

November 09, 2019


Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (Second Floor)


Programmed in conjunction with Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora, this film series presents diverse perspectives in Algerian cinema from the years following independence (1962) through today. Consisting of both historical and contemporary titles, it highlights the work of filmmakers and protagonists alike in their search to present  post-revolutionary realities.

The Battle of Algiers
Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy, 1966, 121 minutes, French, Arabic

A rare screening of the 35mm print of one of the most influential political films in history. The Battle of Algiers vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. 

Introduced by Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in Film in the Faculty of the Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University and former program director Film Society of Lincoln Center.