“The Battle Of Algiers”

Nov. 26, Nov. 28, Dec. 1

Released in 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle Of Algiers" is an ambitious, neorealistic look at the Algerian War, notable for its gritty approach and daring sympathy with Algerians, and guerilla movements in general, as they opposed colonialists. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the movie has had screenings across the country and writer and scholar Sohail Daulatzai recently released the book, "Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue," which explores the ways in which the movie ties to the current war on terror and the ongoing freedom struggle. In a sense, the timing of this screening is ideal for it falls close to the second anniversary of what I have said is the true start of the Baltimore Uprising—late November 2014 when Baltimore marched in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri, planting the roots for the protests that arose following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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