Battle of AlgiersThe night of October 17, 1961 there was a massive protest in Paris against the French government's policy in war-torn Algeria (after years of war, the nation would win its independence from France in 1962). The police response to the protest turned violent, and hundreds were injured and killed in an event that went unacknowledged by the government for decades.

Black Night
, which opened over the weekend in France after a brief TV run, tells a fictionalized version of what happened that night. With its "accusations of racism and counter-accusations of betrayal and treason," the film is causing an uproar in a country still ill at ease with its imperialist past. In the face of a new law "ordering teachers to portray France's imperial rule as 'positive' for indigenous populations," the country is understandably more attuned than ever to the issues of its former colonies, and Algeria has always been the most high-profile of those. Described in the British press as a conflict between "the young, the left and millions of immigrants and their children [and] older, white, conservative nationalists," the issue of French imperialism surely cannot be fully addressed in one movie, but Black Night will certainly give the larger world its first look at a previously little-known night of protest.

[A warning about the article linked below: it contains what I think might be a sort of big spoiler for Michael Haneke's Caché. So proceed with caution, if you want to be surprised by Haneke's film.]