SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

The Dupes (Al Makhdu’un)

The Dupes

Date: 24 April 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 24 April 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Dir Tawfik Saleh (1972), B&W, 107 min. The Dupes is a masterwork of Arab political cinema based on Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani’s 1963 novella Men Under the Sun. Combining innovative flashback and point-of-view narrative techniques, the film recalls the stories of three Palestinian refugees from different generations, drawn together in the suffocating heat of a steel tanker as they try to make their way across the desert to Kuwait in search of a better future. By subtly adapting Kanafani’s story to reflect the film’s contemporary political backdrop, director Tawfik Saleh extends the allegorical range of the original to charge the era’s Arab regimes with hypocrisy and issue an urgent call for popular mobilisation against political and economic injustice.

The Dupes was one of the earliest Arab films to directly address the question of Palestine and remains a signal work of pan-Arab creative exchange – based on a Palestinian text, the film was Egyptian directed, Syrian produced, and shot in Iraq.

‘A classic masterpiece of Arab cinema’ – Arab Film Net

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