The Devil’s Double – A must-see for all Kuwaiti’s

August 2nd, 1990. Not long ago, Kuwait remembered, not celebrated, a stain on its nations history, the attack of Saddam Hussein’s forces on the sovereignty of the State of Kuwait.

This occupation lasted until February 28, 1991, when Kuwait was Liberated from the غزو العراقي الغاشم، as it has been dubbed in the text books of the education system here. During that time period, lives were lost, families were torn apart, and a scar was forever placed upon the Kuwaiti People.

Almost 2 weeks ago, Twitter was a flurry of tweets, blogs all posted in Kuwait, that they can never forget, nor forgive, what transpired. Remember our P.O.W’s.

Fast forward to 2011, and Lionsgate Entertainment is releasing a movie based on the true story of Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday Hussein, and the man he forced into acting as his body double, Latif Yahia.

I hope this movie serves as a reminder, that the maniacal acts of one deranged, power hungry psychopath should not be burdened upon the populace that cowered and trembled beneath his feet, as they also felt the wrath of his perceived omnipotence.

The plot as provided by Wikipedia:

Latif Yahia is an Iraqi forced to act as a fida’y for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), the playboy son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. However, when it becomes apparent that Uday is a sadistic, power-hungry psychopath, Latif searches for a way to get out.

Latif goes into detail about the events he was forced to participate in during the time of the Gulf War, on BBC.

an excerpt:

Much of The Devil’s Double is based on Yahia’s autobiography about his experiences, called I Was Saddam’s Son.

Largely ignored prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it has since sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Twenty years after he fled the country, its author says he is still affected by his experiences.

“I still have nightmares, still find it hard to get to sleep until the early hours of the morning,” says Yahia.

“Every time I go into the shower, I see the physical scars on my body and think: ‘Why did this happen to me?'”

Latif Yahia and Dominic Cooper Latif Yahia says he had wanted Uday to stand trial for his crimes

Uday Hussein’s international image was that of a playboy. But he was notorious for his abduction, rape and killing of young women and his torturing and murdering of opponents.

He even fell out of favour with Saddam after he killed the Iraqi leader’s personal valet at a party.

That episode is depicted in The Devil’s Double. But many more real-life events have been left out.

Had they been included, Yahia says, “it would be a horror movie, If we put in all the details, I don’t think anyone would watch it.”


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