Outside the Law

TitleOutside the Law
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBouchareb, Rachid
Running Time139 minutes
Date ReleasedSep. 22 2010
Mediumcolor film
Publication LanguageFrench and Arabic

Beginning with its controversial interpretation of the Setif massacre in 1945, in which French soldiers killed Algerians following riots and protests, Outside the Law reveals how young Algerian men respond to colonialism. Three brothers, who lost their father in Setif, take different paths as they grow up under French rule. One becomes involved with the National Liberation Front (FLN), eventually convincing his brothers to join his cause. Thier participation in a FLN protest in Paris in October 1961 ends with another massacre at the hands of the French National Police.


Jamel Debbouze

Roschdy Zem

Sami Bouajila

Chafia Boudraa

Bernard Blancan

Sabrina Seyvecou

Assaad Bouab

Thibault de Montalembert

Samir Guesmi

Jean-Pierre Lorit


Producer: Jean Bréhat

Coproducers: Olivier Dubois, Adrian Politowski et Gilles Waterkeyn

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Screenplay: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle

Photography: Christophe Beaucarne

Music: Armand Amar

Editing: Yannick Kergoat Delegate



Alternate TitleOutlaw
Original PublicationHors-la-loi
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This film was the subject of a vigorous polemic in France over artistic liberty versus historical truth. It has been criticized in varying degrees by French historians on the right and the left, and should not be taken to be 'history exactly as it happened.'

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