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An action-fuelled filmic decade?
Ben Lamb

spoken testimony of others rather than through an observation of their direct actions. As Childs admits: ‘Little interest is shown in the character or motivation of criminals, or the detailed logistics of crime and detection. Processes and principles of law-making, complex issues about legal rights and responsibilities or civil liberties, the procedures of courts and prisons – none of these figure in the

in You’re nicked
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Algerian national cinemas
Guy Austin

, Arabic and Berber (Djebar 2000 : 227). Of these, Berber (or Tamazight) and its local variants such as the Kabyle and Chaoui languages, is the oldest. After the Arab invasion of the seventh century, Arabic became the dominant language in Algeria, except for the more remote regions where Berber languages remained. Occupation by France imposed the French language, with for example a 1938 lawmaking Arabic a “foreign” language

in Algerian national cinema
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Queering Islam and micropolitical disorientation
Alberto Fernández Carbajal

fallacious line drawn between the categories of ‘religion’ and ‘politics’. As he suggests, ‘religion is a modern invention which authorises and naturalises a form of Euro-American secular rationality. In turn, this supposed position of secular rationality constructs and authorises its “other”, religion and religions’ ( 2007 , p. 6, emphasis in original). In other words, ‘religion’ has not always been a discrete category routinely extrapolated from the world of politics and law-making, but has been the object of a history of Euro-American secularisation. Before the birth

in Queer Muslim diasporas in contemporary literature and film
Douglas Keesey

’. 106 catherine breillat the Mouvement de libération des femmes (MLF) (Women’s Liberation Movement). Given renewed energy by the revolutionary spirit that swept the country in May 1968, the MLF championed a woman’s right to sexual pleasure without fear of unwanted pregnancy (as in the slogan ‘jouir sans entraves’).3 In 1971, 343 prominent women signed a manifesto declaring that they had had illegal abortions and calling for free access to abortion and contraception. A law granting abortion rights was passed in 1975 and made permanent in 1979, and the 1967 law making

in Catherine Breillat
Films since 2000
Joseph Mai

’ (scum) comment about the rioters and not long before the so-​called ‘debate on national identity’ was launched by President Sarkozy. In 2010, Sarkozy made his own voyage to Armenia (where he remains popular) and called for Turkey to recognise the genocide. The following year, he lobbied the National Assembly to adopt a law making it illegal to deny all genocides, including the Armenian one. At the same time, France was opposed to the inclusion of Turkey in the European Union. What makes Guédiguian’s return to Armenia, and national identity generally, different from

in Robert Guédiguian
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Lez Cooke

the law’ (‘making one see the police as they are – men who have their qualities and failings’) apparently struck a number of viewers as a most refreshing feature of the programme. Not only that, but the whole script was described as written in an agreeably lively as well as realistic vein. Though some members of the large group who had taken to the idea of Z Cars may have valued the documentary aspects of the programme most, it was clear that many more had enjoyed the characterisation of ‘Four of a Kind’ and found real entertainment in following the adventures of

in Troy Kennedy Martin