Film Program: Nuit Noire, 17 Octobre 1961 by Alain Tasma

Thu, April 12, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:

Dark Nights, October 17, 1961 | Alain Tasma

Feature | France | 2005 | 106 minutes


Suggested contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30 pm

August 1961: the war in Algeria comes to an end. In Paris the tension rises between the Algerian community and the police. In response to repeated attacks and intimidations, members of theFront de Libération Nationale (FLN) carry out localized attacks against law enforcement officials. The FLN then organizes a peaceful demonstration on October 17. The prefect of police Maurice Papon decides to ban it. The confrontation is inevitable. Thousands of Algerians will be arrested, brutalized and in the early morning, countless corpses will be recovered in the Seine.

In this raw and uncompromising film, Alain Tasma recounts the events leading to these dark nights by following the slow evolution of the situation and in offering different points of view, that of a journalist, a teacher, immigrants, FLN supporters and police officers. In its retelling, the film does not endeavor to whitewash these historical events but enjoins the audience to accept its darker pages.

Film Awards

Critics Award, Best TV Fiction Film, French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 2006

Emmy, International Emmy Awards, 2006

About the Filmmaker

Alain Tasma is adirector, scriptwriter and actor. He has worked with highly respected film makers including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Arthur Penn and Barbet Schroeder. Tasma has directed 20 films for television including Lisa et Simon (1997), Mata Hari: La vraie histoire (2003), en Procès de famille (2003). October 17, 1961 is his first feature film.


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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