The Dupes (Syria, Saleh, 1973)
Three Palestinian men of varying ages attempt to enter into Kuwait to ﬁnd work. Little known in the West, this 1972 ﬁlm is bleak but gripping. Its scathing indictment of corrupt Arab bureaucracies and Palestinian dispossession caused it to be banned throughout the Arab world on its initial release. Egyptian director Taﬁq Saleh shot the ﬁlm in Syria, based on the novel by Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani; Kanafani himself was killed in a car bomb the month of the ﬁlm’s release. “In this [ﬁlm], one of Arab cinema’s best ...dramas of real suspense, individuals and a people, the world and time, desire and the law all ﬂicker off and on and ﬁnally consume each other.” – Roy Armes.
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)
PSC-CUNY Union Hall