Days of Glory (Indigènes)

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Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila
RunTime: 130 mins
Genre: War (French)
Rating: NC16
Will Appeal To: War movie lovers

Many tales of the war has been told, from Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List to Merry Christmas. None have mentioned about African soldiers fighting a war for French.

1943. 4 "natives" who had not even set foot in France, joined the French army to free the motherland from the Nazi enemy. These native heroes were forgotten in history, until this movie came up.

A movie about French soldiers may not be of too much significance to local audience, but rest assured the battle scenes are "Hollywood" worthy and gripping enough. Only gripe is the movie is marred by a rather slow form of story telling, and I wished there was more character development.

Days of Glory made one one of the most remarkable influences in movie history. Despite regular claims and court orders, the war survivors have not been receiving full war pensions. After watching the movie, France's President Chirac has moved to redress claims of war pensions for the "natives".

This shows the impact of movies.

Days of Glory – A piece of forgotten history

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