FILM REVIEW: The Devil's Double
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The Devil’s Double tells the story of Latif Yahia, the Iraqi solider forced to serve as Uday Hussein’s body double during the Saddam regime. Latif must give up everything to become Uday’s ‘fiday’, which literally translates to ‘bullet shield’, even undergoing cosmetic surgery to look more like the Prince. His family are told he is dead and he must live in the shadow of the Prince, baring silent witness to Uday’s horrifying lifestyle. The insight into the sadistic world of Uday Hussein is undeniably as intriguing as it is obscene. The Prince literally did anything he wanted during his father’s reign which led to a life of drugs (in reality, he was believed to have favoured heroin), carefree murder, unwarranted torture and sexual violence.
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