Octobre à Paris

Directed by Jacques Panijel.
France, 1962, DCP, black & white, 70 min.
French with English subtitles.
DCP source: Films de l'Atalante

On October 17, 1961, the Parisian police violently repressed a peaceful demonstration by Algerians, killing dozens. The State imposed a silence on the events, which was broken by the director; Panijel gathered documents and testimonies, reconstructing certain moments of this tragic night. The very conditions of this film’s realization, clandestine and without means, heightens its formal inventiveness. The film was immediately banned, and it took a hunger strike by René Vautier in 1973 to end the censorship.


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