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THE DUPES


Directed by | Tawfik Saleh

Genre fiction  |  Length: 107mins  |  Year of production: 1972


Based on Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani's novella, Men Under the Sun, this stark black and white film traces the destinies of three Palestinian refugees brought together by dispossession and hope for a better future. The setting is Iraq in the 1950's and the protagonists, concealed in the steel tank of a truck, are trying to make their way across the border into Kuwait. The Dupes is one of the first Arab films to directly address the Palestinian predicament and remains today a landmark film and a political call to action.

“A classic masterpiece of Arab cinema” – Arab Film Net

“Skilfully directed and crisply photographed…” – Seattle Times