Representations of the harkis in contemporary French-language films
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Many of those who managed to flee to France found themselves isolated in temporary housing camps, felt abandoned by the French, and were often rejected by Algerian immigrants who had supported the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN). The presence of the harkis in France first manifested itself in the public arena in other domains. The presence of harkis in films made before 2000 reflects the different phases of harki activism and literary production and presents interesting parallels with the nature and evolution of films on the Algerian War in general. Few fiction films depicting the war were made in the 1980s and 1990s, and the harkis generally played only a very minor role in those produced by majority-French directors. It remains to be seen whether any films made in the coming years will propose alternative scripts or delineate different ways of being a harki in France.

Reimagining North African Immigration

Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film

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