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A world not ours
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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 have won many best film awards. ‘A World Not Ours’ is his first feature film.

Country of origin: Palestine, Lebanon, UAE
2012/Arabic & English with English subtitles/ 93 mins
For most of us, our identity is taken for granted - who we are, where we come from, and what we are is rarely questioned. Not for the Palestinians, who are constantly required to show proof of identity, while their existence as native inhabitants of a land which no longer exists is perpetually denied or challenged. A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, 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.
Director:Mahdi Fleifel
Producers: Mahdi Fleifel & Patrick Campbell
Production Company: Nakba FilmWorks
Cinematographer: Mahdi Fleifel
Composer: Jon Opstad
Sound designer: Zhe Wu
Sound editor: Dominic Fitzgerald
Editor:Michael Aaglund
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF Docs), Canada, September 2012
Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Winner of Black Pearl Award, the NETPAC Award and the FIPRESCI Award, UAE, October 2012
CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film festival), Denmark, November 2012
Palm Springs International Film Festival USA ,January 2013
Berlinale, Panorama section Germany – February 2013
Punto de Vista: International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra - Spain 2013 Audience Award
Miami International Film Festival – USA 2013
Human Rights Watch – Toronto Film Festival, - Canada 2013
One World Festival – Prague - Czech Republic 2013
Movies that Matter, he Netherlands 2013
Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya - Lebanon 2013
Screen Institute Distribution Award
Middle East Now, Florence Italy 2013
International Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey 2013
Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand 2013
Best World Cinema Award
ABFICI -Buenos Aires International festival of independent cinema, Argentina 2013
Arabian film days, Norway 2013
Moov Festival, Belgium 2013
Visions du réel - Focus Lebanon, Nyon, Switzerland 2013
International Documentary Festival in Agadir - Morocco 2013
Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award
Festival of Arab cinema, Amsterdam 2013
Houston Palestine Film Festival - USA 2013
DOK.fest Munich - Germany 2013
Reykjavik Shorts & Docs Festival - Iceland 2013
Seattle Film Festival - USA 2013
Krakow Film Festival - Poland 2013
Home works 6 - Lebanon 2013
Transylvania International Film Festival - Romania 2013
Edinburgh International film festival - Uk 2013
East End Film Festival - London, UK 2013
Ismailia International Film Festival - Egypt 2013
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival Audience Award & the Objectif d'Or Belgium 2013
Zanzibar International Film Festival - Tanzania 2013
Docville (RIDM) -ontreal 2013
Golden Apricot International Film Festival– Yerevan – Armenia 2013 : Silver Apricot special prize
Guanajuato International Film Festival - Mexico 2013
Sarajevo International Film Festival-Bosnia Herzegovina 2013: Audience Award for Best Documentary
New Homeland Film Festival –Freistadt, Austria 2013 : Best Documentary Prize
International Documentary and Short Film Festival - Prizren, Kosovo – August 2013 : Human Rights Dox competition
Quadrangle Film Festival - Shoreham, Kent – UK 2013
Calgary International Film Festival - Canada 2013
Nordsik panorama - Malmo, Sweden 2013 : Best New Nordic Voice Award
ambridge Film Festival - UK – September 2013
Oran Arab Film Festival - Algeria – September 2013
Salt Lake City Film FestivalUSA – September 2013
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival - Germany 2013
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - Japan 2013: Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
Arclight Documentary Festival -Los Angeles 2013
Adelaide Film Festival - Competition - Australia 2013
Boston Palestine Film Festival - USA 2013
CineMigrante - Argentina 2013 : Best Feature Film award
Duhok International Film Festival -Kurdistan 2013 : Best New Talent award
Sao Paolo International Film Festival - Brazil 2013
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali - Colombia 2013
Canberra International Film Festival - Australia 2013
Verzio International Human Rights Film Festival - Hungary 2013
Leeds International Film Festival - UK 2013
Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Australia : Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film
DOC NYC -New York, USA 2013 : Grand Jury Prize
International Film Festival of India -Goa, India 2013
Middle East: what can cinema do? - Paris 2013
Magnificent 7 European Feature Documentary Film Festival - Belgrade 2014
Human Rights Watch film festival - Amsterdam 2014
Mediterranean Film Days: Munich - Germany 2014
Jameson Dublin International Film FestivalIreland - 2014
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – ig Sky Award Minnesota, USA –2014
Tartu World Film Festival Estonia –2014
Eye on Palestine Arts & Film Festival Brussels, Belgium –2014
DocuDays Kiev, Ukraine – March 2014
Tetouan International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema -GRAND PRIX of the city of Tetouan Morocco –2014
SPOT Festival - Winner of the SPOT Award Denmark –2014
Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) -Best Documentary Los Angeles, USA –2014
Houston Palestine Film Festival Texas, USA –2014
NAFA Anthropological Film Festival Isafjordur, Iceland - 2014
The Palestine Festival of Literature, Gaza, Palestine 2014
French-Arab Film Festival, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nablus, Palestine 2014
International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, India 2014
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa 2014
CNEX Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan 2014
Le printemps des cinemas Arabes, Paris 2014
Festival Ciné Palestine, Paris, France 2015
Commercial release:
France - December 2013
UK (Distributor E2 films) - February 2014
New York (IFC Center) - May 2014
Laemelle Theaters, Encino Town Center, USA – October 2014
Berlin – Bali Kino - February 2015
DVD release :
USA – December 2014