The Secret Files by Courriere, Yves & Monnier, Philip
The visual and audio primary sources used in The Secret Files shed an interesting light on the complexity of the Algerian War. These strong images and revolutionary lyrics capture the mood of the struggle for independence by the former colonies of the West in the early sixties. Especially the nationalist songs and speeches invoke the feeling of determination of the Europeans that wanted Algeria to remain French. This documentary creates powerful images of leading political figures of this struggle from Charles de Gaulle, Raoul Salan, Ferhat Abbas to Labri Ben MHidi and many others. The exceptional footage on Algerian War events such as the May 1958 crisis, The Battle of Algiers, and the Paris massacre of 1961 creates a great film on this cruel war.
The Algerian War is an interesting example of a multifaceted independence struggle. The Secret Files tries to capture this complexity by emphasizing the political agenda of the different movements within this war. The politics of interest within decolonization is vividly expressed by the historic images, yet from a postcolonial perspective. Political power struggles concerning the UN, Cold War events and the tensions between Western and Muslim communities are strongly articulated within this documentary. It is a great epic on the fight for freedom and the imperialistic character of Western society.