[English version] - Brooklyn, NY : Icarus Films, c2003.
Video — 1 videodisc (59 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Chronicles Algeria's struggle for democracy since independence from France, tracing the rise of fundamentalist groups in the 1980s and 1990s in response to the country's authoritarian leadership. The film examines Algeria's descent into a morass of massacres among the Islamic guerrillas, the military and civilians. Algeria's first democratic election since independence went to the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), but when they initiated Islamic reforms, protests erupted. With the FIS positioned to win the 1991 elections, the military circumvented the democratic process and canceled the vote, which brought about a massive revolt with many sent to prison camps that became breeding grounds for terrorism.