NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 135

The post-Independence generation BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 133 It is at this point that the debate about electioneering takes place. We are in 1947 and the controversy between the nationalists in favour of vote-catching and those preferring armed struggle is true to life, yet presented from a fictional viewpoint. The elections in the film are a delusion; partisans and adversaries of the urns are indifferently massacred in a sequence that is virtually unreal. The film ends during the first few days of November 1954. Here we find representatives of both camps, carrying weapons in the maquis, united under the leadership of the National Liberation Front. Lakhdar-Hamina was proficient in the use of fiction taking over from history and appeared able to explain reality better than anyone. Albeit different methods are used, the same result is obtained in Noua (1972), by Abdelaziz Tolbi, and in Les spoliateurs [The Despoilers, 1972] by Lamine Merbah. Both films try to explain