Israel | 2014 | 56 min
This film reveals the little-know story of Algeria’s mostly Jewish underground movement during WWII. With only 400 volunteers versus the Vichy garrison of 25,000 troops, the underground succeeded in taking control of Algiers for one night, before handing the city over the Americans, who arrive via an amphibious landing the next morning.
Rami Kimchi is an Israeli culture critic and filmmaker. His films include Galia’s Wedding (1986), Travels with My Brother (1997), Cinema Egypt (2001), and Father Language (2006), The Night of Fools ( 2014) His main research interests are Israeli cinema, modern Hebrew literature, Yiddish literature, Palestinian cinema, and Near Eastern cinema. He has published a book- The Israeli Shtetls – Bourekas Films and Yiddish Literature (2012, Resling )- and articles in Shofar, Reeh, Balshanoot Ivrit ,Dapim ,Moreshet Israel and Hakivoon Mizrach.
Kimchi received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, his DEA in Jewish Civilization from Paris University, his MA in Hebrew Literature and his BA in Film Television from Tel Aviv University.
Kimchi was the winner of the Dov Sadan Prize for Hebrew Literature in 1993 and won prizes for his film Galia’s Wedding at the International Film Festival in Jerusalem in 1987 and the Munich International Film Festival in 1986