Childhood and the War, Trauma and Innocence
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At its beginnings, the priority for combative Algerian cinema was to feed international news networks with pictures of the liberation war taken in the fire of action. With this in view, the GPRA decided to produce a few short films in 1960. One of these films used a child to represent the suffering of Algerian refugees. When Yasmina, made by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina and Djamel Chanderli, is viewed again today, its spontaneity, its efficiency, and its degree of response to historic demand are striking.