Algeria is a country that achieved independence less than sixty years ago but its history spans as far back as the early man who hunted in the forests of the Sahara’s once lush desert. It’s a country of contrasting landscapes – of mountains, sea and sand – made up of a multitude of Berber tribes and long-standing cultural traditions.
This one hour special tracks the history of Algeria through its spectacular architecture and buildings.
We visit ancient Numidians tombs of the rulers of a unique North African civilisation before Roman times, and the fantastic Roman cities of Timgad, Tipasa and Djemila.
When the Arabs came, bringing Islam, they left ancient walled cities in the Sahara and exquisite palaces in Tlemcen- still here today.
The beauty of these palaces were matched by the Ottomans who ruled here for nearly 400 years . Their legacy can be seen in winding streets of the Kasbah in the capital Algiers and their palaces in cities such as Oran and Constantine.
With French invasion in the 19th century they turned these cities into mini versions of French cities such as Nice and Marseille. This influence can still be seen today in the boulevards and buildings throughout the country.
With Thanks To:
Algerian National Tourism Office
Development Et De La Promotion Des Arts Du Ministere De La Culture D’Algerie
Embassy Of Algeria, UK
Algerian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
Fort Santa Cruz
Notre Dame D’afrique In Algier
Jardin D’essai – Hamma Botanical Garden
Centre D’interpretation Du Costume, Tlemcen
El Mansoura, Tlemcen
Ahmed Bey Palace
The Museum Of Modern & Contemporary Art, Algiers
Tantonville Café, Algiers
El Bey Restaurant
“ArT4u” Gallery, Algiers
Alia Assio Hodji
Amina Miri Hana
Professor Amira K Bennison
Echikr Morap Virginie
Farid Ait Ouali
Professor John Whitehouse
Father Jose Maria Cantal
Mohamed Jaoudet Gassouna
Toumi Al Krim
Titles and graphics:
Emilio Rey Soto
Emilio Rey Soto
Colin Winston Fletcher
Malcom Laws & Nainita Desai
West India Company
Post Production Coordinator:
Jake Michael Christian
Produced and Directed by Ian Sciacaluga
produced by Pilot Film and TV Productions for Voyage, France
Pilot Productions MMXXI