Docs Ireland 2023: The Devil’s Drivers
Screenings21st June 2023 - 7:00 PM25th June 2023 - 4:30 PM
Docs Ireland 2023 presents The Devil's Drivers (2021), which follows two Palestinian smugglers. Screened on 21st followed by Q&A with its directors.
Chased by the army, two Bedouin cousins smuggle undocumented workers through the Middle East. A breath-taking portrait of human trafficking in one of the most dangerous regions of the world.
The Devil’s Drivers has the white-knuckle suspense of a 1970s car chase thriller while also immersing us in life under occupation. Filmmakers Daniel Carsenty and Mohammed Abugeth filmed over eight years, following the drivers Hamouda and his cousin Ismail who are Palestinian Bedouins in the town of Yatta. They are motivated by the basic human desires to provide for their families and watch their children grow. They savour each day of freedom knowing it could be their last.
The film documents the way Israeli soldiers treat any Palestinian in transit as a potential terrorist. Israeli agents actively recruit informers, causing ripples of suspicion throughout the community. Soldiers pressure Palestinian villagers to erect blockades on their property or face the penalty of having their homes destroyed.
A Q&A will take place after the screening on Wednesday 21 June.