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Article originally published in History Today, November 2008, Volume: 58, Issue: 11, pp.35-37.
1The term tirailleurs sénégalais is in fact a misnomer as the men recruited to the tirailleurs came not only from Senegal but from throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
2 The film ‘Indigènes’ portrays the experience of four ordinary African soldiers who fought for the liberation of France. By making the film, Bouchareb is making a statement: that in fighting for France, they and their descendants have a right to belong and a right to be treated with respect. They are an integral part of the nation’s history and society.