The date mention in the film title, refers to the atrocities on the streets of Paris when a protest for independence by Algerians turned violent and the full depth of police brutality remained covered up for decades.
I knew nothing about this event prior to seeing the documentary.
What clearly is a pivotal moment in the history of independence, gets a fresh look because of the intrepid research of director Yasmina Adi. She took it upon her to investigate archives, interview those who were there that night, and ultimately obtained stunning audio showing the appalling handling of the curfew protest by the police.
Screening at the Dubai Film Festival in 2011, and winning second prize in Muhr Arabic Documentary category – ‘Here We Drowned Algerians’ is a shattering expose of evil and human right violations on the highest scale.
Seek this film out.Score: 3.5 stars
Director: Yasmina Adi
Running Time: 90 mins
Language: French with English subtitles