One thing that particularly struck me while watching The Battle of Algiers for the first time is the way each death in the film--and, in truth, there are many--has a sense of heaviness. Ben M’Hidi, the intelligent, charismatic leader of the resistance is only in a couple scenes and his death doesn’t even take place on-screen, but still, upon hearing about it, the audience feels an unexpectedly deep sense of loss. Even when bombs are set off in the French district by the Algerian resistance group, director Gillo Pontecorvo fills the space between the bombs being planted and their detonation with shots of the different people occupying the space that is about to be destroyed. We’ve seen the horrible things happening to the people of Algiers, so the attack doesn’t seem unjustified, but we are still left with a few moments to look at individual characters who are about to be killed. However, this focus upon individuals is complicated by the death of Ali La Pointe, the character we have been following over the course of the film. After Ali’s death, The Battle of Algiers does not end, and we see more people carrying the mantle that Ali left behind. Individuals are given a great importance, but we also see the ways in which they work towards something larger than themselves and that the struggle does not end when they are lost. De Beauvoir, in The Ethics of Ambiguity, writes, “[I]f individuals recognize themselves in their differences, individual relations are established among them, and each on become irreplaceable for a few others. And violence does not merely provoke in the world the wrench of their sacrifice to which one has consented; it is also undergone in revolt and refusal” (116). This kind of recognition of individuality is at work both for the audience, as well as for the characters in the film. Each character who is a part of the resistance believes that they are part of something larger than themselves. At the same time, by virtue of the structure of the resistance group, in which each person is selected by one person to join the group and themselves selects two others, they also feel personally connected to the mission by virtue of these three other people. If one of these three people is lost, it will not feel like an anonymous death, but like the death of an individual that one has a connection to. Each time someone in the NLF dies, it is felt deeply and personally by three others. It is by harnessing this sense of personal connection and recognition of individuality that makes the revolution in Algiers so successful.