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A World Not Ours

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Lebanon | 2012 | 93 minutes | Mahdi Fleifel

Funny, nostalgic, and uniquely engaging, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel offers an intimate portrait of the Lebanese refugee camp of Ain El Helweh, and how the camp's residents invest the World Cup series with their own ideas of home, community, victory and hope.

May 23, 2013
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May 27, 2013
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Director Mahdi Fleifel's first documentary feature is a uniquely engaging and personal project. Drawing on a family history of video-taping, Fleifel offers an intimate glimpse into the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon—a settlement of less than a square mile that's home to over 70,000 people and has existed for over 60 years. Dubai-born and London-based writer, director, and cinematographer Fleifel spent his formative years in the camp in the 1980s, before his family settled in Denmark. For years he's been returning and keeping a video diary, and in A World Not Ours he provides a frank yet affectionate portrait of the community. Fleifel's conversations with the camp residents provide an unfiltered take on Palestinian grievances with Israel, Lebanon, and their own political leaders. Elsewhere he explores how residents use the World Cup series to articulate their own ideas of home, community, victory, and hope. Engaging and accessible, with a quirky, upbeat soundtrack, Fleifel's personal journey offers a fresh and inviting point of entry to a thorny political history.

Director Biography
Mahdi Fleifel was born in Dubai but lived in a refuge camp in Lebanon, eventually moving to London to study film at the National Film and Television School in London. His first movie, Arafat & I (2008), won many awards at festivals around the world. He started his own production company in London in 2010. A World Not Ours(2012) is Fleifel’s first documentary.

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Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Principal Cast: Mahdi Fleifel
Country: Lebanon, Denmark, United Kingdom
Year: 2012
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Patrick Campbell, Mahdi Fleifel
Screenplay: Mahdi Fleifel
Cinematographers: Mahdi Fleifel
Editors: Michael Aaglund
Music: Jon Opstad
Website: http://www.nakbafilmworks.gb.net/a-world-not-ours/
Awards: Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 (Best Documentary, NETPAC Prize, FIPRESCI Prize); Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (Peace Film Prize)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Arabic, English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: MPM Film
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