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Wednesday, November 29

This screening has moved to The Heights Theater. More information and ticket link below.

(1972, DCP, 107m, Arabic w/ English subtitles) dir Tewfik Saleh. No series on archiving Palestine would be complete without Tewfik Saleh’s 1972 classic, The Dupes (Al-Makhdu’un). Based on Ghassan Kanafani’s novella Men in the Sun and set in the 1950s, the film depicts the story of three Palestinian exiles––each representing a different generation––as they seek passage to Kuwait, where the promise of work and prosperity lead to a deadly race against time. Set in Iraq, shot in Syria, based on Kanafani’s story, and directed by Saleh, an Egyptian master, the film displays the revolutionary possibility of a pan-Arab dream through cinema.

In 2017, The Dupes screened in Minneapolis as part of Mizna and the Walker’s film series Reshaping Our World: Cinema without Borders. This screening will showcase the incredible new restoration of the film produced in collaboration by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Cineteca di Bologna, the National Film Organization (Syria), and the family of Tewfik Saleh. Special thanks to Mohamed Challouf and Nadi Lekol Nas. The 4K restoration used a 35mm dupe negative preserved by the Bulgarian National Film Archive (Bulgarska Nacionalna Filmoteka) and was completed in 2023 by L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

Thank you to Janus Films for this special preview screening.

Mizna and the Trylon have agreed to merge this screening with a global reading of The Gaza Monologues at The Heights Theater. We realize this venue change will inconvenience some members of our audience, for which we apologize. For tickets to the merged event, visit this website.



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