Woman is Courage

TitleWoman is Courage
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsRashidi, Amine
Series TitleWomen Pioneers Collection
Running Time58 min
Date Released0/21/2003
DistributorArab Film Distribution
CountryUnited States
MediumEnglish Subitles
Publication LanguageArabic, French

This French and Arabic biographical documentary (with English subtitles), directed by Amin Rashidi, explores the life and work of Louisette Ighilahriz (b. 1936), an Algerian writer and a former member of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) during the Algerian War (1954–62). The film narrates the story of Ighilahriz, a young Algerian woman, who joined the FNL after her father was seized by French colonial authorities in the mid-1950s. As the film begins, she is finally concluding her 40-year search for a French military doctor known to her only as Commander Richaud, in order to express her gratitude to him for saving her life. When she and other Algerian resistance fighters were captured in a field in September of 1957, they were imprisoned and tortured by French troops for several months, until Commander Richaud discovered their condition. He provided the prisoners with immediate medical attention and transferred them to a French prison where they would be treated in accordance with international laws. Ighilahriz also discusses her difficulties adjusting to life after the revolution and reflects on the state of modern Algerian society.

Alternate TitleFemme Courage; مرأة شجاعة
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