Representing gender
Tradition and taboo
in Algerian national cinema
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Gender is one of the most vexed questions in modern Algeria and has been approached in diverse films of different genres and periods. The context for the three films chosen in this chapter is to a large extent derived from not just Islamic traditions and taboos but also state policies in both colonial and postcolonial Algeria. Be they Arab or Berber, Algerian films engage with a series of taboos and traditions that centre on how women are looked at. Spatial segregation can be seen as an extension of the veil, and the spatial and social separation of the sexes is a perennial feature of Algerian cinema. Gender segregation is a given in the urban Algiers of Allouache's Omar Gatlato and Bab El-Oued City as well as in the rural villages of La Citadelle or Rachida and the historical settings of La Montagne de Baya or La Colline oubliée.


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