SUMMER OF '62 (The), ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE
Director(s): Jean-Michel MEURICE – Writer(s): Jean-michel MEURICE, Benjamin STORA Contact Print page
An overwhelming majority of Algerians opted for a separation from France during the referendum organised on 3rd July ’62. It was the beginning of a traumatic period of unrest and upheaval, but it did not end the war that had started seven years earlier.
During three months in the summer of ’62, heady independence festivities were followed by kidnapping of Europeans. On the side, Algerians rejoicing in their newly found freedom, on the other, the sorrow of exile for those that are called « pieds noirs » (Europeans born in Algeria). There was fear of a continued war, but this time, a war between Algerians. And the country began to witness the terrible massacres of the harkis…