Salim Aggar

Chahine, cinema and Algeria

It all began in 1957, when the battle of Algeria broke out. At that time, Youssef Chahine discovered Algeria, its struggle and its revolutionary cause; which culminated in the 1958 film " El Djamila", a tribute to the Algerian revolution and the heroine: Jamila Bouhaird. More than 50 years after the film, a meeting with Youssef Chahine took place during his stay in Algeria in 2004. He talked about his dedication to the struggle for Arab cinema and his relationship with Algeria, especially his friends: Ahmed Rashdi, his artistic rival with Mohamed El-Akhdar Hamina.

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