About Pour Djamila (For Djamila)

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Based on a book written by Simone de Beauvoir, this film recounts the story of Djamila Boupacha, an Algerian woman and National Liberation Front Activist, who was arrested by the French in 1960, accused of terrorism, and tortured. Attorney Gisèle Halimi agreed to defend her and organized a support committee, chaired by Simone de Beauvoir, which alerted the public to the dirty secret of confessions obtained through the use of torture and rape. Directed by a woman with a screenplay written by a woman, For Djamila interrogates an important aspect of post-World War II French history and also documents a kind of female friendship and solidarity that's rarely represented in cinema. In French with English subtitles. Contains explicit and sexual violence.

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