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A World Not Ours

Mahdi Fleifel
Screening time  
01.03. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
''A World Not Ours'' is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exiled in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon.

Based on a wealth of personal records, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family. Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory.

Mahdi Fleifel

Mahdi Fleifel is a Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist based in London. He was born in Dubai, raised in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon and later in the suburbs of Elsinore, Denmark. He graduated from the British National Film and Television School in 2009. His short films have screened at more than a hundred festivals around the world and he won many awards. A World Not Ours is his first feature film.

General sponsor

Alam laysa lana

Great Britain, Lebanon, Denmark
2012, 93' 38'', video

Directed by:
Mahdi Fleifel

Screenplay by:
Mahdi Fleifel

Mahdi Fleifel

Edited by:
Michael Aaglund

Jon Opstad

Mahdi Fleifel, Patrick Campbell

Produced by:
Nakba FilmWorks

Festivals & Awards:

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 – Black Pearl Award; Toronto International Film Festival 2012; CPH:DOX 2012; Međunarodni filmski festival u Palm Springsu 2013; Berlin International Film Festival 2013  - Peace Film Prize (Panorama Dokumente)