Reshaping Our World Film Series: The Dupes (Al Makhdu’Un)

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Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors); Series pass for all five screenings: $30

As global borders close and millions are displaced, the Walker Cinema’s summer film series Reshaping Our World: Cinema without Borders considers the world’s restricted landscapes and people, those currently threatened by war, international intervention, and xenophobia.

Based on Ghassan Kanafani’s short story “Men in the Sun,” Tewfik Saleh’s The Dupes follows three Palestinian exiles as they look for a smuggler to take them to Kuwait, where the promise of work and prosperity lead to a deadly race against time. Set in Iraq but shot in Syria, Saleh’s classic film captures beautiful scenery and engaging performances from its lead characters. 1973, in Arabic with English subtitles, 107 minutes.

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About Reshaping Our World: Cinema without Borders

In solidarity with the majority Muslim countries recently targeted by US foreign policy and the immigrants and refugees from Minnesota communities, the Arab American arts organization Mizna joins the Walker Art Center to screen films from Africa and the Middle East. The program draws from the rich tradition of filmmaking in these regions—both classic and contemporary films that redefine and reshape the landscape of stereotyped representations through cinematic technique and storytelling.

Celebrating Arab, Afro-Arab, and Iranian cinema on Wednesday nights in July and August, the series will include classics such as Tewfik Saleh’s Syrian-Egyptian masterwork The Dupes (Al-makhdu’un)(1972) and contemporary films such as Musa Syeed’s A Stray (2016) as well as short films from Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.
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By: Walker Art Center