Flood, MG (2017) Politics and the Police: Documenting the 17th October 1961 Massacre. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 20 (4). pp. 599-606. ISSN 1740-9306

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The police massacre, in the center of Paris, of hundreds of protesting Algerians on the 17th of October 1961 has become one of the most recognized events of the Algerian War. Amid a wealth of historical and fictional works that treat the event, Jacques Panijel's Octobre à Paris has received comparatively little attention, perhaps due to the fact that it was immediately censored in 1962, denied a visa d'exploitation in 1973, and finally released in cinemas in October 2011, when it was frequently screened as a double bill with Yasmina Adi's Ici on noie les Algériens (2011). Panijel's film is quite distinct from Adi's work, unsurprisingly, perhaps, given the altered conditions of their creation and potential public reception. Adi's film rests on the assumption that the audience will trust in the veracity of the information she presents; Panijel's film, by contrast, cannot rely on any previous knowledge on the part of the spectator, and anticipates incredulity and resistance. This article examines both works, and asks whether a form of Rancierian politics, as a rupture in dominant modes of perception that offers voice and visibility to the marginalized, might be made manifest in Panijel's choice of aesthetic techniques.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17409292.2016.1218188 - please refer to the terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Octobre a Paris; 17th October 1961; Algerian War; Ranciere; documentary; distribution of the sensible
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 10:36
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 15:21
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2183

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