Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudović Reels

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Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudović Reels

Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudović Reels
Mila Turajlić
International Competition 2022
Documentary Film
94 minutes

What do the Algerian war of liberation and Yugoslavia have in common? Stevan Labudović. In 1959, Tito himself sent his favourite cinematographer to Algeria. The resistance against the French colonial rule needed the eyes of the world, and the experienced partisan Labudović helped open them: His images gave the lie to the propaganda of the occupiers and their Western allies. This is a portrait of the man, the mission and the age – as film, ideological and personal history.

For three years, until the Democratic Republic of Algeria was proclaimed, Labudović put himself and his camera at the service of the people fighting for independence. Mila Turajlić found the newsreel footage shot at the time in the Filmske Novosti archive in Belgrade, got in touch with the aged pensioner and followed his trail. From a wealth of archive material, diary entries by and interviews with Labudović, with contemporary witnesses from Yugoslavia, Algeria and New York, where the young Maghreb state, like many other former colonies, struggled for admission to the United Nations, she distils the promising origins of an alliance that stood at the beginning of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was to oppose the dichotomy of the superpowers. Thus the bow to her compatriot also gains global political topicality.
Christoph Terhechte

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Mila Turajlić
Carine Chichkowsky
Mila Turajlić
Mila Turajlić
Sylvie Gadmer
Anne Renardet
Mila Turajlić
Troy Herion
Aleksandar Protić
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
War and Conflict
Artist portraits
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