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Alexandra Dols

Discussion PanelScreening

20.09.23 | 20h30

Duration: 2h

Place: Riches-Claires

Stories from former Algerian women fighters against French colonialism.

Through the stories of female Algerian former fighters against French colonialism. Released in 2007, this documentary, invites us to meet those called the Moudjahidate.

They were bomb layers, officers, nurses, soldiers in the Maquis, or active in solidarity as “wives of” political prisoners. Not to forget the village women who offered shelter and supplies for the fighters. Women’s involvement took many forms, as did their “social identities”, but how did they begin? What were their roles and strategies in combat? How do they look back over this period? And what do they have to pass on to us?

The testimonies of Fatma Chebbah Abdelli, Zohra Drif Bitat, Louisette Ighilariz, Baya Outata Kollé, Baya Laribi Toumia are interwoven with those of the historian and former fighter herself, Danièle Djamila Amrane Minne. They are also embroidered with extracts from Rabah Laradji’s short film “La Bombe” and  Gilles Pontecorvo’s “La Bataille d’Alger”.

TW Scène d’humiliation par des soldats coloniaux

This will be shown in the presence of the director Alexandra Dols (to be confirmed), presented by Doctor of Political Sciences, Karima Ramdani.

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Production : Alexandra Dols French original version with English subtitles - 75' Support : Video file, dcp
Alexandra Dols
The central focus of Alexandra Dols pertains to the liberation of peoples and of oneself in the face of protean power. Alexandra Dols has a master’s degree in audiovisual creation and production from Paris VIII and another in screenwriting from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is an author, director, and performer. As part of Hybrid Pulse, she writes and directs documentaries on struggles for freedom in both France and the Arab. These have been widely shown in France and abroad: Moudjahidate (2007) Derrière les fronts (2017 - Sunbird Award, national release in France) Minimum syndical (2019), to name but a few. Intrigued by the notion of knowledge transmission, she has taken part in numerous screenings, debates, seminars, and conferences (Université Sorbonne, Fémis, Théâtre National de Bretagne, University of Virginia, Museum of Fine Arts de Houston, Institut Français de Tunis, SOAS University (London), Sandberg Institutes (Amsterdam)). Since 2010, she has been designing tools for feminist image education such as ‘filmic self-defence’ courses that she runs for young people and adults, and she is currently developing a dystopian performance, Imbratoura which combines futuristic text, Krump, and digital art. Her work and poetry raise important questions about intellectual and sensorial self-defence and their relationships to imaginal worlds.
Karima Ramdani
Karima Ramdani is a Doctor of Political Science and teaches in vocational secondary schools. Her work explores the various processes of the political subjectification of Muslims during colonial and post-colonial eras. She is the author of the article Genre, "race" et allochronisme (Gender, ‘race’ and allochronism), “Les femmes ‘indigènes’ au centre de l’altérité coloniale en Algérie” (‘indigenous women amidst colonial othering in Algeria) published in Les Cahiers du CEDREF, and 15 biographies of Algerian women combattants published in the collective work edited by Sylvie Thenault, Tramor Quemeneur and Tengour Siari Ouarda, Dictionnaire de la guerre d'Algérie, Bouquins, 2023.
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