Cinema Palestino: The Dupes + Discussion 18
From the archive
This film was last shown on 11 December 2023
Set in the 1950s, The Dupes follows the lives of three Palestinian men brought together by dispossession, despair, and hope for a better future.
The three refugees are trying to make their way across the border from Iraq into Kuwait. Representing different aspects of the Palestinian experience, each one believes he can make a new life for himself following this treacherous journey.
One of the first Arab films to address the situation in Palestine, The Dupes is based on the 1962 novella 'Men in the Sun' by assassinated Palestinian writer and resistance leader, Ghassan Kanafani.
Restored in 2023 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with the National Film Organization and the family of Tewfik Saleh. Special thanks to Mohamed Challouf and Nadi Nekol Nas. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.
Sheffield's Cinema Palestino started in 2009 with screenings around the 29th November, The UN International Day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Cinema Palestino is now an annual feature at Showroom Cinema. With the key purpose to ensure a showing in the North of England of a Palestinian film, with less than 3% of films in the UK coming from the global south.
This screening will be followed by an open discussion with the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a member of the local Palestinian community, discussing their experiences and questions raised by the film.
- Tewfik Saleh
- 1 hour 47 minutes
- Arabic with English subtitles
- Abderrahman Alrahy, Bassan Lofti Abou-Ghazala, Mohamed Kheir-Halouani
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