The Algerian society : 1 500 000 inhabitants living on stockbreeding, at the brink of decisive choices. Its structure is disrupted by the evolution of the economical relationships that urge them to concentrate the cattle into the hands of some breeders, to the monopolizing of the pasture lands, to the impoverishment and proletarianizing of the most part of the people.
The protagonists’ behaviour is determined by the economical and political stakes implicated in the agrarian revolution process.
The alternative consists in the free support of small breeders to the forms of the economical and social reorganization of the Agrarian Revolution, or in their integration into the movement of deep social and political changes of the Algerian society.
Sid Ali MAZIF
Born in 1943 in Algiers, Sid Ali Mazif worked as assistant on Marc Sator’s « Vingt ans à Alger » before studying in the INC (Algiers National Cinema Institute) from 1964 to 1966, where he directed three short films : « La vie à deux », « Les deux soldats » and « Touhami ». His first long feature, « Sueur noire » (« al-‘Araq al-Aswad ») (1972), talked about the political realization of a young Algerian. More militant, « Les nomades » underlines the importance of collective farming for Algerian farmers.