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ELAINE MOKHTEFI discusses her memoir ALGIERS, THIRD WORLD CAPITAL

Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers (Verso Books)

A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics.

Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Here, Elaine Mokhtefi, who as a young American woman had worked with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, including Frantz Fanon, found a home. As a journalist and translator, she lived among guerrillas, revolutionaries, exiles and visionaries and was even present in the making of the groundbreaking film The Battle of Algiers.

Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the era’s brightest stars: Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta and Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and was close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder and international hijackings. She traveled with the Panthers and organised Cleaver’s clandestine departure for France. Algiers, Third World Capital is an unforgettable story of an era of passion and promise. 

Elaine Mokhtefi was born in New York. In 1960 she joined the Algerian National Liberation Front and government in exile lobbying the United Nations for the independence of Algeria. Once victorious, she made Algeria her home, working as a journalist and translator. She was married to the Algerian writer and liberation war veteran, Mokhtar Mokhtefi, who died in 2014. Elaine lives in New York, where she is a writer and painter. 

Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781788730006
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Published: Verso - August 7th, 2018