‘Swarm of Doves’: Kuwait’s first film on Gulf war to make local debut

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Kuwaiti cinemas launched public screenings of "Swarm of Doves" last week, the Gulf state's first feature-length film about the 1990 invasion of the Gulf state by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

The film is "inspired by true events" that occurred during the seven-month occupation, producer Sheikha Intisar Salem al-Ali Al-Sabah told AFP during a screening for the press.


"These are stories of people who defended Kuwait at that time," Sabah said.

She said "the aim of the film is not to create any grudge but to highlight the brotherhood, tolerance and unity Kuwaitis experienced during the invasion".

The film, directed by Ramadan Khasrouh and on the festival circuit since 2017, highlights moments of humanity that transcended the conflict between Iraq and its tiny, oil-rich neighbour.

In one scene, an Iraqi soldier is ordered by his commander to kill a Kuwaiti but he refuses after remembering words from his father during childhood about the bonds between the Kuwaiti and Iraqi peoples.

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