Debt Of Honor

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Rachid Bouchareb

Rachid Bouchareb is the director and co-writer of Indigènes, a film opening in France this week that tells the little-known story of soldiers from the French colonies who fought to liberate France from German occupation. Indigènes, has become more than a movie — it's an active campaign that has already changed France's policy regarding veteran's pensions (see TIME's coverage).

An Algerian, Moroccan, French and Belgian co-production starring French comic superstar Jamel Debbouze (the grocer's assistant in Amélie), Indigènes (which means natives) will represent Algeria in the category of Best Foreign Film at next year's Oscars. (For its...