Gillo Pontecorvo's THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)

February 28, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC Dornsife Middle East Studies Program (MESP) and Outside the Box [Office],
in collaboration with the USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity,
the USC Department of French and Italian, and the USC School of International Relations,
invite you and a guest to attend a screening of


Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers

50th Anniversary Screening


7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Followed by a presentation of the book, Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, by Sohail Daulatzai, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and African American Studies at UC Irvine, moderated by Olivia Harrison, Assistant Professor of French and Italian and Middle East Studies at USC.

The talk will expound on the legacy and influence the film has had on power and politics and anti-imperial struggles around the globe, from the Black Power and Chicano movements in the US to the Palestinian liberation movement and IRA abroad.

Learn more about this event on its Facebook page.

About The Battle of Algiers (1966)

A history of the three-year Battle of Algiers, chronicling the escalating terrorism and violence between French military forces and the Algerian independence movement, based on the memoirs of Saadi Yacef, a leader of the National Liberation Front.

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Produced by Saadi Yacef and Antonio Musu.
Screenplay by Franco Solinas and Gillo Pontecorvo, based on an idea by Saadi Yacef.

Provided courtesy of Rialto Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 123 minutes. In Arabic and French, with English subtitles.

Awards & Nominations:

Golden Lion, FIPRESCI Prize (Venice Film Festival, 1966)
Best Foreign Language Film Nomination (Academy Awards, 1967)
Best Director Nomination: Gillo Pontecorvo (Academy Awards, 1969)
Best Original Screenplay Nomination: Franco Solinas and Gillo Pontecorvo (Academy Awards, 1969)
UN Award (BAFTA, 1972)

About the Guests

SOHAIL DAULATZAI, Associate Prof. of Film & Media Studies and African American Studies, UC Irvine

Born at the Af-Pak border, Sohail Daulatzai is a writer, curator and professor, and is the founder of Razor Step, an L.A. based media lab. He is the author of Fifty Years of “The Battle of Algiers”: Past as Prologue, as well as Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America and co-editor of Born to Use Mics, a literary remix of Nas’s album Illmatic. He is the curator of the celebrated exhibit Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop, and editor of the limited edition, companion commemorative book of the same name, which includes an interview with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and an essay by Chuck D, the work of Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli, and others, as well as album cover art, photography, flyers and other ephemera. He has written liner notes for the Sony Legacy Recordings Release of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set of Rage Against the Machine’s self titled debut album, the liner notes for the DVD release of Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme and the centerpiece in the museum catalog Movement: Hip-Hop in L.A., 1980’s – Now, and his other writings have appeared in The Nation, Counterpunch, Al Jazeera, Souls, Wax Poetics, and Artbound, amongst others.

He also curated the exhibit Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which showcased the work of the Havana-based OSPAAAL (Organization of Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America) and their political graphic art of the 1960’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s with Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan and other Muslim majority countries. He is the founder of Groundings, a conversation series that has included Yasiin Bey, Immortal Technique, Chuck D, Rosa Clemente, dream hampton, Brother Ali, Robin D.G. Kelley and Jasiri X.

He has been awarded and received funding from the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, the University of California “Public Partnership in the Humanities,” the Doris Duke Fund, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, amongst others. He has been invited to present his work throughout the world at academic conferences, universities, art institutions, galleries, and literary festivals, including at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, Duke, Columbia, University of Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford, Oxford University, SOAS (in London), EHESS (in Paris), American University Beirut, the Paris Hip-Hop Festival, the William Grant Still Art Center, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Muslim Protagonist Festival, the Grammy Museum, and elsewhere. He teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Department in African American Studies, and the Program in Global Middle East Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

OLIVIA C. HARRISON, Assistant Professor of French and Italian and Middle East Studies, USC

Olivia C. Harrison’s research focuses on postcolonial North African, Middle Eastern, and French literature and film, with a particular emphasis on aesthetic and political affiliations between writers, intellectuals, and artists from the Global South. Her first book, Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization (Stanford University Press, 2016), analyzes the representation of Palestine in Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian literary works and public debates from the 1960s to the present. She is currently working on a second book project that charts the emergence of the Palestinian question in France, both in political and intellectual discourses and in artistic works. Co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016), Olivia C. Harrison has translated essays and poems by Adbelkebir Khatibi, Abraham Serfaty, and Abdellatif Laâbi.

About the USC Middle East Studies Program (MESP)

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) at USC Dornsife is committed to the teaching and study of languages, cultures, and societies from North Africa and the Gulf to the Levant and Central Asia. With core faculty in Arabic, Persian, History, Literature and International Relations, as well as affiliated faculty in Economics, Political Science, Religion and Classics, it is home to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Middle East Studies as well as a minor in Iranian Studies. The program organizes lively and exciting lectures, colloquia, conferences, and film series on a broad range of topics ranging from politics and economics to religion and popular culture.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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