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Men in the Sun

Men in the Sun

Three Palestinian refugees of different generations meet on their way to what they believe will amount to relative freedom and prosperity in Kuwait. They are making the journey with the hope of helping their impoverished families left behind in Palestinian refugee camps. But the route out of Jordan, across Iraq and into Kuwait is a hard one. 

This adaptation of the famous novel by Palestinian writer Ghassan Khanafani, highlights the different traumas that encompass the life of a refugee, while also having a poignant political resonance with current events in the Middle East.

Men in the Sun is a story of human suffering and tragedy, but it is also a narrative of dreaming of and remembering the past. The tale, created by and about Palestinians, is told in a human rather than political approach, making it poignant for any person hurt by betrayal, falsehood, loneliness or despair.

Ghassan Khanafani is considered to be a pioneer of the novel and short story in the Arab World and one of the most famous Palestinian writers. His stories create beautifully crafted images based on how the impossible becomes possible in the lives of ordinary people, in terms of horror beyond belief. And how dreaming is futile as long as there is no freedom.

 

Today we mark the anniversary of the assassination by the Israeli Intelligence Service of one of Palestine’s greatest sons. Writer, artist, intellectual, politician, Arab Nationalist and most of all, Palestinian patriot, Ghassan Khanafani. The Freedom Theatre presents a tribute to his life and work. Included is one of his most powerful short stories. We believe that the world needs to listen as much as possible to the voices of Palestinians, who have given indications of what our focus should be on, and who refuse to be passive subjects of a narrative dominated by Israeli words and deeds, but who deserve to enter into the awareness of all who are interested in their situation, and to maintain the role of protagonists in their own story. When the Mossad killed him together with his 9 year old niece, they informed the world that they had killed a Guerilla, which was the language used back then for militant patriots, and the world either rejoiced or yawned. Today we honour him as one of the greats of his people. – Josh Perlstein, Director

The production of Men in the Sun received support from AM Qattan Foundation, UNFPA, Sida and Freedom to Create.