The Rhizomatic Algerian Revolution in Three Twenty-First- Century Transnational Documentaries

Algérie tours, détours (2006), La Chine est encore loin (2009), Fidaï (2012)

in French Politics, Culture & Society
Nicole Beth Wallenbrock Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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This article investigates three recent transnational documentaries. The films invoke the theoretical concept of the rhizome, as understood by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, for the works trouble the line between past and present, as well as empirical geography that seperates North Africa from France with the Meditteranean. In this way, the three works that study Algeria’s founding and its historical memory can be regarded as experimental explorations of spatial and temporal concepts.

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Nicole Beth Wallenbrock received her doctorate in French Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and currently teaches at Syracuse University. Her writing primarily studies the ways in which film and politics intersect to depict France’s complicated relationship with its former colonies. Her articles have appeared in journals such as The French Review, French Cultural Studies, and Performing Islam as well as several volumes. Bloomsbury Books will publish her first monograph, The Algerian Revolution Through a Twenty-First Century Lens: Film and History later this year. E-mail:

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