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Maghreb-Orient Express

( Season 2021 )
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Mehdi Slimani, Fabrice Riceputi, Arthur Sarradin
26 min
Mehdi Slimani, Fabrice Riceputi, Arthur Sarradin

At the time of the new diplomatic crisis between Paris and Algiers, and to coincide with the events held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the massacre in Paris on 17 October 1961, the historian Fabrice Riceputi looks back at the life and career of Jean-Luc Einaudi in "Ici on Noya les Algériens" (here they drowned the Algerians), published by Le Passager Clandestin. The teacher-cum-historian spent over thirty years overcoming the obstacles to obtaining official recognition of the tragedy by the French authorities. On that day, thousands of Algerians and "French Muslims from Algeria" (as they were officially referred to at the time) living in and around Paris, marched in protest at the curfew they were subjected to. In repressing the demonstration the police used unprecedented violence resulting in nearly three hundred deaths, innumerable injured and thousands taken in for questioning. For several decades, the memory of this major episode in the Algerian war was simply brushed under the carpet.

Talking through gesture, dancing for remembrance and freedom from all that can't be openly expressed. Ten years ago the choreographer Mehdi Slimani created his ballet "Les Disparus" (the disappeared) to pay tribute to the victims of the 17 October 1961 massacre. Performed by hip-hop dancers, this new version of his show takes on all the appearance of a political protest in dance form, where the bodies evoke images of those who disappeared and were wiped from national memory. A show to (re)discover during its nationwide tour throughout France.

Another 17 October, one that's still very much alive in the minds of the Lebanese. In 2019 the revolution ("thawra") broke out in Lebanon. Two years later, dreams have turned to disillusion in a country where more than half the population live below the poverty line. Arthur Sarradin, one of the directors of the documentary "Liban, la révolution naît des entrailles du chagrin" (Lebanon, revolution is born from the entrails of grief), met some of those Lebanese who have not given up hope of changing the destiny of their country, despite their having to leave it due to the economic crisis. The film has just been previewed during the Bayeux Calvados-Normandie award for war correspondents.

#As seen by Slimane: the Corsican flag. #Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Mehdi Slimani, choreographer, author of the show "Les Disparus"; Fabrice Riceputi, historian, author of "Ici on Noya les Algériens"; Arthur Sarradin, journalist, co-director of the documentary "Liban, la révolution naît des entrailles du chagrin"; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.