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One of France's most celebrated screenwriters is taking on its biggest taboo, the bloody conflict in Algeria, in a new war film. Abdel Raouf Dafri told AFP that he had been itching for years to broach the delicate subject.The film opens with a brutal interrogation of three Algerian villagers -- the sort of violent questioning that the founder of France's far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, said he proudly took part in.It was only last year that the French government finally acknowledged that these interrogations were part of an official system of routine torture during the bloody seven-year war, before Algeria declared independence from France in 1962 .To understand the Algerian war, "you have to go back to the beginnings of the history of France and its principal colony," Dafri said.But writing the film he also had to confront his own personal history and identity as the French-born son of Algerian emigrants.Dafri is less forgiving of those in power.
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