Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975)


Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975)
Ahdat sanawovach el-djamr (original title)

Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1975, Chronicle of the Years of Embers portrays Algeria's struggle for independence from French colonial rule. The story follows a peasant's migration from his drought-stricken village to his eventual participation with the Algerian resistance movement, just prior to the outbreak of the Algerian War of Independence.
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Director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
Writer Rachid Boudjedra
Writer Tewfik Fares
Writer Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
Release Date1975-11-26
Runtime2h 57mins
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyOffice National pour le Commerce et l'Industrie Cinématographique (ONCIC)
Cheikh Nourredine
Cheikh Nourredine
Le contremaître de la carrière
Yahia Ben Mabrouk
Yahia Ben Mabrouk
Hacène Benzerari
Hacène Benzerari
(as Henry Czarniak)
Hassan El Amir
Hassan El Amir
Mohamed Hadj Smaïn
Mohamed Hadj Smaïn
Hassan Hassani
Hassan Hassani
Mohammed Kouiret
Mohammed Kouiret
Notis Pitsilos
Notis Pitsilos

Chronicle of the Years of Fire

Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Arabic: وقائع سنين الجمر‎, romanized: Waqāʾiʿu sinīna l-jamri; French: Chronique des Années de Braise; these names both mean "Chronicle of the Years of Embers") is a 1975 Algerian drama historical film directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina. It depicts the Algerian War of Independence as seen through the eyes of a peasant.

The film won the Palme d'Or prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. It was also selected as the Algerian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


  • Yorgo Voyagis - Ahmed
  • Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina - Le conteur fou
  • Hadj Smaine Mohamed Seghir - Sage du village
  • Leila Shenna - La femme
  • Cheikh Nourredine - L'ami
  • François Maistre - Le contremaître de la carrière