Filmmaker: Sameh Mejri
To some, they’re heroes, whereas others referred to as them outlaws.
Even their identify – the Fellagha – had totally different meanings for various individuals. Whereas the phrase actually interprets to “bandits”, in 20th century Tunisia, they had been referred to as those that resisted the French presence in North Africa’s smallest nation.
In Tunisia, they had been the separatist resistance fighters who launched a marketing campaign in opposition to French colonial rule which, along with political negotiations, culminated in independence in 1956.
Drawn primarily from the mountainous rural south of the nation, the Fellagha drew inspiration from their ancestors – rebels who had opposed the French instantly after colonial rule started within the 1880s.
By the 1920s, resistance to the French presence was rising, and by World Conflict Two the Fellagha had been launching common assaults on French navy installations within the nation. In 1952, the armed resistance was formally launched and by 1954, Fellagha ranks had swollen to a number of thousand fighters.
Though the Fellagha confronted a navy opposition that was higher geared up, higher funded, extra skilled, and had a lot higher numbers, they had been decided. Whereas on paper, the French military was a far superior pressure than the Fellagha, the Tunisians had native information and public help on their facet.
Like different North African independence actions, Tunisia’s decades-long battle in opposition to colonial rule additionally started as a primarily political one – however was not finally…