|A. Siendou KONATE, Violence in the Name of Allah: Algerian Women and Trauma in Rachida, a Film by Ba|
Violence in the Name of Allah: Algerian Women and Trauma in Rachida, a Film by Bachir-Chouikh
A. Siendou KONATE
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Abstract: As the Islamic Salvation Front was stripped of its electoral wins elections in 1991, violence erupted resulting in the loss of many lives in Algerian society. While some Algerian artists/ writers addressed the situation with novels and other scriptural genres, Yamina Bachir-Chouikh uses cinema with a film Rachida to show the effects of this societal crisis on Algerian people.
Without rationalizing or legitimizing violence, this paper shows the effects of violence and/or terror on memory, the coping strategies deployed by terror victims, and eventually the political implications of the cinematization of one narrative, among others, of the Algerian memory of the troubled years starting from the 1991.