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Algerian national cinemas
in Algerian national cinema
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Currently, Algerian cinema is starting to reconfigure itself after two decades of attrition and collapse. The nationalised film industry of the Boumediene era is long gone, but there are signs that a national film industry might be under (re)construction. In a review of the film, the newspaper El Watan described Teguia, Mokneche and others as a new generation of Algerian filmmakers and declared that the official state-controlled cinema was dead. If the audiences for Algerian films include diasporic communities, notably in France, a significant number of directors working within Algerian cinema are also based there. Despite the nationalist ideology aimed at erasing difference in the independent post-colonial Algeria, the nation remains a site of multiple audiences, including those resistant to official histories. Algerian cinema is then a plural cinema that at its best fulfils the call by Homi Bhabha for 'national, anti-nationalist histories of the "people" '.

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