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'Days of Glory' for French-Arab cast, collectively given best actor award at Cannes film festival

The Cannes film festival Sunday gave its best actor award to the French- Arab cast of "Days of Glory," a film about the shameful treatment of North African soldiers who fought for colonial France in World War II.

The prize, unusually, was given collectively to all the principal actors, including actor and comedian Jamel Debbouze, who starred in the 2001 French hit "Amelie," and popular French actor Samy Naceri, who starred in the "Taxi" series of French action comedy movies.

"Days of Glory," also known by its French title "Indigenes," was directed by Franco-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb. It tells the story of a group of Moroccan and Algerian soldiers who battle German forces first in North Africa, then in France.

Although a conventional war film in its approach, the movie stood out for its unprecedented depiction of the second-class treatment the Arab fighters got at the hands of the French army despite their sacrifice and courage.

That theme is particularly hot in France today in the wake of rioting across the country last November by mostly French-Arab youths.

The other actors in the movie were Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem and Bernard Blancan.

Beirut,06 06 2006
The Daily Star
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