SANTA MONICA, CA - Telling the true story of four North African World War II heroes who enlisted in the French Army in the hopes of liberating the "Fatherland" and confronting discrimination, Days Of Glory (Indigénes)
arrives on DVD June 12, 2007 from Genius Products LLC., IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. Days Of Glory
is credited with motivating the French government to fully recognize not only Algerian soldiers but all foreign soldiers who fought for France during World War II by granting them full benefit and pension plans. With spectacularly filmed action sequences compared to those of Saving Private Ryan
, Days Of Glory "delivers all the things we look for in war movies," (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). Topping numerous critics lists, Days Of Glory
garnered an Oscar®, Independent Spirit and Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, nine Cesar Award nominations including a win for Best Writing, as well as a win from the France Foreign Press Association for Best Screenplay. In a rare honor, the Cannes Film Festival bestowed its 2006 Best Actor award to the Days Of Glory ensemble cast rather than a single individual, as well as the Francois Chalais Award for director Rachid Bouchareb (Little Senegal
). The film stars Jamel Debbouze (Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra
), Samy Naceri (Taxi, Rai
), Sami Bouajila (Drole de Félix
), Roschdy Zem (Le Petit Lieutenant
) and Bernard Blancan. The DVD includes a making-of featurette.
This World War II film tells the tale of a group of African soldiers who join the French in their fight against the Nazis. Although they passionately battle to defend the motherland, a place they've never been, they face inequality and daily humiliation within the French army. These heroes that history forgot won battles throughout Europe before finding themselves alone to defend a small village against a German battalion.