La battaglia di Algeri (Arabic: معركة الجزائر, Maarakat al-Dzjazā'ir, French: La Bataille d'Alger) is an originally French-and Arabic-speaking Italian-Algerian drama film from1966 directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, based on events before and during the battle of Algiers (1957) in the Algerian war (1954-1962) in which France battled Algeria its independence. The film shows in documentary film style, the development objective and oppression of the final victory of the cops and native Algerians. Virtually all the players are amateurs. Pontecorvo won with this movie the Golden Lion at the Venice Film festival in 1966.
The thief Ali la Pointe, a historical figure, is joining the Algerian independence fighters of the FLN. His client is called a Sai in the film, but is played by the military leader of the FLN Yacef Saadi. With attacks against the forces of law and order in which they are fighting are associated with the French colonialism. The French store hard back with counter terror and torture and suppress the cops, but lose in the long run of the demonstrators who want an independent Algeria.