Days of Glory. Film, followed by discussion led by Dr. Abdelkader Cheref, Knowles Conference Center, Wednesday 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Days of Glory by Joseph Roger
In 1944 Germany attacked Normandy and that’s when World War 2 started (history.army.mil, 3 Oct 2003. Web. 12 Mar 2013). World War 2 is known for being the most deadly war to men. The allies were the French, United States, and Russia. The axis powers were German and Japan. Italy was at first an axis power but then they switch sides to the allies (Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 Mar 2013). The Germans lost the First World War and that made them lose a lot of power and Hitler helped them get back on their feet, just in a bad way. There are many films made about World War 2 and one of them is Indigenes, also known as Days of Glory. Some countries drafted many people and the French even drafted Algerians from North Africa to help them fight to get France back from the Germans.
Soldiers usually get honor and respect for suffering and with everything they went through. We, the United States, are at war with terrorists in this modern age. For those who fight for freedom, you could see what they go through and the honor they get. You should also see and learn how soldiers can be treated badly in wars. Even though this movie is not about the United States, you could learn a lot from a great soldier's experience. In the French military, Algerians weren’t treated right and in the film you get to see that and how it affects them during their journey.
Many of the soldiers in the film Days of Glory are Algerians. Algeria is in the north of Africa, South of the Mediterranean Sea-- next to the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania. The French want to keep Algeria as a colony in order to have control of the Mediterranean Sea (ibiblio. Web, 12 Mar 2013). The French saw the Algerians as people who were going backward and didn’t have the same rights as the French people, like the right to vote. The Algerians had a war of independence against the French after World War II, from 1954 to 1962 (Wikipedia, 6 Mar 2013. Web. 12 Mar 2013).
Days of Glory is a movie written by Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle and directed by Rachid Bouchareb (IMDb). In Europe many civilians were dying because of the Nazis, so they had to get many people to join the army. They went to Africa to recruit people for the army. Back in that time, there were still some racist problems. Their unit had some trouble at the beginning but later on the journey they started to get along. This movie is a tragic movie, so it doesn’t really have a good ending. In the end, many people died and you realize how many of them gave up their lives for their country and France the colonizer of Algeria. (IMDb).
Now a days the Algerians are known for being a warrior and standing up for their country. They will fight for the country, even if that means, sacrificing some men of their own. Algeria is one of the countries that won't tolerate terrorism and are doing a good job of keeping the terrorists away from them. They proved they will do anything for their country and have it free from invaders on Thursday 17 January 2013 when they attacked a gas plant that was taken by the terrorists (Guardian). The Algerians attacked the gas plant without telling anyone. At the gas plant there were many hostages, but they still attacked to get their gas plant back and that caused many of the hostages to get killed (Guardian). Algerians are proud of their country and will do what they can to not belong to anyone and stay free.
Algerians have made it really far as a country and their history is very interesting. They went though many things in the pass and are still going through many situations, but they still find a way to solve their problems. The Algerians are moving forward as a colony, they are free from the French and are doing a great job keeping the terrorists away from their country. They are proud of what they have done and we should recognize them and give them credit for everything they have gone through. Hopefully they will keep doing the good job they are doing by moving forward on technology and on life.
There are many reasons why you should watch the movie the Days of Glory. One of the reasons is because you don’t have to read: it's a movie. It's also good to see what people went through in the war. Also you learn more about history, not just yours but other country history. The movie is going to be showing on Wednesday, April 10 at 9pm. I really recommend you watch this movie; you are going to learn some history without reading a book.
• Chris Cross, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/jan/25/algeria-hostage-crisis-full-story, 25 Jan 2013. Web. 12 Mar 2013
• History Army, http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/sfrance/sfrance.htm, 3 Oct 2003. Web. 12 Mar 2013 ( didn’t find the authors name)
• Holocaust Memorial Museum, http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005177, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 Mar 2013
• IMDb, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444182/, Web. 12 Mar 2013( doesn’t have date or author)
• Patrick Clancey, http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-C-Algeria/index.html, Web, 12 Mar 2013 (didn’t found the last update)
• Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algerian_War, 6 Mar 2013. Web. 12 Mar 2013