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Painful stories from the colonies

In Mansourah You Separated Us
Regissør: Dorothee Myriam Kellou
(Danmark, Algerie, Frankrike)

COLONIALISM: Dorothee M. Kellou's documentary is a painful dive into the hidden tales of Algeria's eight-year liberation struggle from the French colonial power.

Denying parts of history is a well-known part of establishing a national identity. The degree of denial reveals how the democracy and cultural tolerance of society really are. In todays France the Algerian liberation war (1954–1962) is still one of the black holes in the country's self-narrative. With that backdrop, any contribution to bringing the theme to orbit has an intrinsic value. Film Festival Vision of the Reel in Nyon – which annually strengthens its position in the international festival landscape – deserves to be shown films that just deal with these black holes.

filmmaker Dorothee Myriam Kellou grew up in Nancy, with an Algerian father (Malek) who never wanted to. . .

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Wieczorek is a critic living in Paris.

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