France, Morocco, Algeria, Belgium


1943. They had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war, Said, Abdelkader, Messaoud and Yassir enlisted in the French Army, along with 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers," to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Rachid Bouchareb

Written by: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle

Cinematography: Patrick Blossier

Cast: Jamel Debbouze (Said), Samy Naceri (Yassir), Sami Bouajila (Abdelkader), Roschdy Zem (Messaoud), Bernard Blancan (Martinez)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2006