Cover image for Days of glory Indigènes
Days of glory Indigènes
Bréhat, Jean, producer.
Publication Information:
[Paris] : Tessalit Productions ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Home Entertainment, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 119 min. [that is 125 min.]) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
In the last years of World War II, a group of North African soldiers, largely Muslims, enlist to free France--a country they consider their motherland, even though they've never set foot in it--from the Nazis. The story is told through four characters: Abdelkader, a corporal who hopes to be promoted to sergeant; Messaoud, an ace marksman who fall in love with a beautiful Frenchwoman; Yassir, a Berber peasant who needs the money to marry off his younger brother; and Saïd, who leaves as his own father did in WWI, because he feels it's his duty. They give their all, despite getting little respect or recognition, and suffering the privations of those habitually discriminated against. These 'native' soldiers selflessly fought for a France they had never seen, and the film records their past heroics to give dignity to the generations of today and the future.
General Note:
Special features: Indigenes: le making of = The making of Days of Glory [featurette] (25 min.); L'ami y'a bon = The colonial friend [short film] (9 min.); Previews (4 min.).
Titles -- Algerie 1943 -- Morocco 1943 -- Italy 1944 -- Flushing out the krauts -- Aboard the ship -- Provence: August 1944 -- I can't read -- Rhone Valley: October 1944 -- Vosges: November 1944 -- Staff sergeant Martinez -- Hearing the German lines -- Arriving in the village -- Germans arrive -- Reinforcements -- Alsace: 60 years later -- In the city -- Credits.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Rated R for war violence and brief language.
Corporate Subject:
Added Title:
Colonial friend.
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Central Library DVD 66401 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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Director Rachid Bouchareb teams with screenwriter Olivier Morelle to offer a revealing look at the brave contributions made by North African soldiers who fought for France during World War II in this emotionally-charged war drama starring Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, and Bernard Blancan. The year was 1943 and France had been bending to the will of Nazi Germany for three long years. In order to break Hitler's powerful grip, the first French Army was recruited in Africa. Comprised of 130,000 North Africans who were willing to put their lives on the line in order to defeat the Nazi death machine, the fearless fighters were contemptuously dubbed indigènes (natives) by many French, despite their remarkable sacrifice. From the noble Abdelkader (Bouajila), who is fighting strictly for the cause; to the money motivated Yassir (Naceri); the impoverished Saïd (Debbouze); and die-hard romantic Messaoud (Roschdy Zem), who longs to finally visit the country he has dreamt about from afar, the selfless efforts of these remarkable men ultimately transcend their superiors' contemptuous disregard for their service by providing invaluable aid during one of the world's darkest hours. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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