With this film, Rachid Bouchareb accomplished something that barely any chief can assert – particular political change with one specific motion picture. He made an out-dated second world war dramatization in the Spielbergian style – debuted finally year’s Cannes film celebration – telling the verging on overlooked story of the chivalrous penance made by indigènes, or local powers, from the French north African states. Troops from Algeria, Tunis and Morocco gave their lives for a country most had never seen, however the surviving old officers had their benefits scratched off when their nations picked up autonomy 15 years after the fact.
Bouchareb helped France to remember this demonstration of unimportance and bureaucratic disdain over the last credits. France hung her head in disgrace – or if nothing else President Jacques Chirac did after a private screening, and in a flash requested back-installments to be made to surviving veterans. It can’t have fetched the general population handbag all that much in 2007, yet Bouchareb had in any case pulled off a splendid upset in recasting France’s Arab people group in a strongly energetic light.