In this episode, Nashwa, Liv Agar, and Will Menaker talk through the third world cinema excellence of Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers. Enclosed is a preview; if you want to unlock the full episode, you can do so by subscribing on Patreon or Substack.
Through its depiction of some of the most pivotal events in the Algerian War of Independence, The Battle of Algiers is an unsparing portrayal of what revolution actually is. The film specifically covers the events of 1954 to 1962, with French occupiers failing to stop an impending uprising. Although over half a century old, the movie shows little sign of aging and remains relevant today—it has been shown to members of the Black Panthers, the IRA, and had a featured screening at the Pentagon. The film remains unique and a must see for anyone interested in the Algerian people’s fight for liberation from 132 years of French colonialism.
During their chat, the trio reflect on the movie, its most important scenes, and some of the historical context around it; they also close the episode by rating the film on a very special scale.
Guests of the week: Liv Agar and Will Menaker
Liv Agar is the host of a philosophical podcast under her own name whose topics address current political events. Additionally, she is a frequent co-host of QAnon Anonymous, an anti-QAnon podcast that analyzes the group’s conspiracy theories, and an occasional streamer. You can find her on Twitter and Twitch.
Hosted by Nashwa Lina Khan
Music by Johnny Zapras and postXamerica
Art for Habibti Please by postXamerica
Production by Nashwa Lina Khan and Johnny Zapras
Production Assistance by Andy Assaf and Raymond Khanano
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