Marlboro College hosts US premiere of documentary 'Possible Algeria'

Director Viviane Candas presents film about the history Algerian Independence

MARLBORO — On Friday, French filmmaker Viviane Candas will share her documentary "Possible Algeria" (L'Alg rie du possible) at the campus of Marlboro College. This U.S. premiere will take place in Marlboro's Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion with the director and with special guest film historian Jeffrey Ruoff of Dartmouth College.

"Possible Algeria" recounts the life journey of anti-colonial activist Yves Mathieu, through the testimony of his former fellow combatants. Born in Algeria, Mathieu engaged in African independence movements and became the lawyer of Algeria's National Liberation Front.

After Algeria's independence, at a time when the new nation was called "a beacon to the Third World," Matthieu remained politically engaged as an advisor to Algeria's first government. He drafted the March Decrees on vacant properties and autogestion, or self-managed, decentralized economy, promulgated by the first president Ahmed Ben Bella in 1963. Director Viviane Candas, Yves Mathieu's daughter, also revisits the uncertain conditions of her father's death in 1966.

Written and directed by Candas, "Possible Algeria" was produced by Second Vague, Les Films de l'Atlantide, and Djinn. The film has received high praises from French newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde and others, Le Monde Diplomatique calling it "A thrilling immersion to the first years of Algerian Algeria."


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