Last Updated: Thu Oct 28, 2010 18:04 pm (KSA) 15:04 pm (GMT)

Doha film festival opens with controversial French film

A scene from "Outside the Law" by the French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb (File)
A scene from "Outside the Law" by the French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb (File)

With an action-thriller that aroused anger in France upon its release, Qatar opened on Tuesday the second edition of The Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

The gas-rich Gulf emirate drew back the curtains on its film festival with French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s "Outside the Law," about a 1945 massacre of mostly unarmed Algerian civilians by French soldiers.

The movie opens with the massacre in the town of Setif, and focuses on three Algerian brothers who survive and then live in France where they join Algeria's armed independence movement.

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