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Monday 02 February
Cinemanita: The Battle of Algiers THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)
(La battaglia di Algeri; معركة الجزائر‎)
Directed by Gillo Ponteccorvo
121 minutes
In Italian/French/Arabic with English subtitles

Certainly one of the most influential movies ever made, The Battle of Algiers vividly plunges us into the crucial years of the Algerian struggle for independence from its French occupiers in the 1950s. It's a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you watch the incredible true-story unfold.

When Algerians don't want to be ruled by the French any longer, violence escalates on both sides. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes, and French soldiers use torture to break the will of their prisoners. Shot in a riveting documentary style of filmmaking, this movie is a visceral tour de force on the subject of terrorism. But of course, as they say, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. These days it seems that the word "terrorist" is used by governments to demonize their enemy, but there is always another side to the story. Don't forget that the two men who attacked the Charlie office in Paris recently were Algerian, so I felt this is the perfect time to revive this incredible film, to get a wider view of history.

This movie has such an electrifying energy to it, and in fact many of the 'actors' that were used had been real freedom fighters during the war for liberation. And despite the fact that the cast was made up of non-professional performers, this film has had a deep influence on directors worldwide and remains on many critics lists for top ten best films in the history of cinema. The film's impact was so incendiary that it was banned in France until 1971, five years after it was made.

Still as explosive and relevant as ever.... we will be presenting a high-definition projection of this searing masterpiece.
online:
opens at: 20:30
price: 3,-
Thursday 05 February
Nutty Anita's Comedy Night. Best of Nutty's 1 Year Party It's a year since Nutty Anita's started as a benefit for Theaterstraat. Time for a party!

Since then it has grown into a great alternative comedy night featuring everything from top international acts to the best underground comedic mayhem on offer.

Line-up Andrew Melia, Edo Berger, Duncan MacDonald, Jan Goeroe, Emma Wessleus, Marijn Vissers, Rimousky Menkveld, MC Ken Parsons.
online:
opens at: 21:00
price: 5,-
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offline: Frederik Hendrikstraat 111
1052HN Amsterdam
Nederland
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