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Al-makhdu'un (1972) Poster

(1972)

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Based on the novella "Men in the Sun" by Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated by Mossad in 1972. Kanafani had served as the spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
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Although the film was produced in the 1970s and the novella on which it is based was written in the 1960s, the story is set in the 1950s.
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Produced by the Syrian National Film Organization, filmed in both Iraq and Syria, directed by an Egyptian, and based on a Palestinian novella.
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Abu Keiss, Assaad, and Marouane come together in the Iraqi city of Basra, which is situated along the Shatt al-Arab, the same river that Abu Keiss' son learns about in school. Basra is located between Iraq's borders with Iran and Kuwait.
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Assaad begins his journey in Jordan, where he plots against the ruling Hashemite family.
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Tewfik Saleh's mother was Palestinian, although she died when he was three. His father was an Egyptian doctor.
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The film was produced by the Syrian government's National Film Organziation, after the director, Tewfik Saleh, failed to receive approval for the project in his native Egypt.
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The film was only screened in Syria for two weeks - and only in Damascus. It was banned in Egypt and Iraq.
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A theatrical release in Paris was planned, but cancelled.
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Ranked #10 on the Dubai International Film Festival's "100 Greatest Arab Films" list, which was compiled for the 2013 book "Cinema of Passion".
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A montage early in the film includes documentary footage of actual Palestinian refugees, intercut with fictional footage showing Abu Keiss and his family also living as refugees.
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The story's ending was inspired by a true event, in which forty people perished from the heat while being illegally transported in a tank across the Kuwaiti border.
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