Days of Glory is a 2006 French film directed by Rachid Bouchareb. The cast includes Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Mélanie Laurent and Bernard Blancan.
The film deals with the contribution of North African soldiers to the Free French Forces during the Second World War and, controversially, with the discrimination against them. The film’s release contributed to a partial recognition of the pension rights of soldiers from former French possessions by the French government.
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. They encounter bigotry and unfair treatment from their French comrades-in-arms, despite the fact that they bravely fight for a country they have never seen.
We follow Saïd, dirt poor, an orderly for a grizzled sergeant, Martinez, a pied-noir with some willingness to speak up for his Arab troops; Messaoud, a crack shot, who in Province falls in love with a French woman who loves him back; and Abdelkader, a corporal, a budding intellectual with a keen sense of injustice.
Along with the campaign in Italy, France, and Alsace, they realize that French soldiers are promoted, have better food, and have left to visit their families, while the Arab soldiers are shamefully discriminated against and treated like 2nd ranking soldiers.
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