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Film: The Dupes (1972 and based on Kanafani novella)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

Film based on novella “Men in the Sun” and discussion led by Blair Kuntz about the life of Ghassan Kanafani

Set in 1950s Iraq, The Dupes is a stark, beautifully photographed black and white film tracing the destinies of three Palestinian refugees brought together by dispossession, despair and hope for a better future.

The protagonists are Palestinian refugees who are trying to make their way across the border into Kuwait, the “Promised Land,” concealed in the steel tank of a truck. Each one believes he can make a new life for himself, but as the film title suggests, their flight is no solution. One of the first Arab films to address the Palestinian question, the story is based on the 1962 novella “Men in the Sun” by assassinated Palestinian writer, artist and resistance leader, Ghassan Kanafani.

The film will be followed by remarks about the life of Kanafani by Blair Kuntz, librarian for the Arabic language collection at the University of Toronto

Starring: Mohamed Kheir Helwani, Bassam Loutfi, Saleh Kholoki, Abdel Rahman Al Rachi. Written and Directed by Tawfiq Saleh
Based on the 1962 “Novella Men in the Sun” (Rijal Taht Al-Shams) by Ghassan Kanafani.

The Dupes | Syria | 1972 | 107 minutes | BW | In Arabic with English subtitles.

“A classic masterpiece of Arab cinema.” – The North African and Middle East Festival

“Skillfully directed and crisply photographed in black and white.” – The Seattle Times

Winner: Carthage Film Festival, Tanit d’Or (1972)
Nominated: Moscow International Film Festival, Golden Prize (1973)

Tawfiq Saleh was born in Egypt and rose to fame in the 1950s as a pioneer of the realism school in Egyptian and Arab cinema.  Saleh’s most famous film, Everyday Life of a Deputy from the Rural Areas (1968), is considered a watershed in the history of Egyptian cinema, and the definitive work of realism in Arab cinema.

Ghassan Kanafani  was born in Acre (northern Palestine) in 1936. Ghassan Kanafani was a major spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and founding editor of its weekly magazine Al-Hadaf. His novels, short stories and plays have been published in sixteen languages. He as murdered in a car-bomb explosion in Beirut in 1972.

Blair Kuntz has been the Near and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Toronto since 2003. Blair studied Arabic for foreigners at Birzeit University in 2000, and has since returned to Palestine twice, once to deliver a paper on the banning of the book Three Wishes at the International Conference on Libraries from a Human Point of View held in Ramallah in 2008, and again in 2013 as a participant in the Librarians and Archivists With Palestine delegation. The talk on Ghassan Kanafani is based on a paper presented at the Refugee Voices Conference held at Oxford University in March 2014.

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Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.