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FILM: A World Not Ours + Q&A

Preview Screening: A World Not Ours + Q&A with Mahdi Fleifel

Directed by Mahdi Fleifel
Duration: 93′
Year: 2012

Before his family moved to Denmark, Mahdi Fleifel spent his formative years in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon, home to over 70,000 displaced Palestinians. He inherited his father’s compulsion for video taping and kept video diaries each time he went back to the camp for his summer holidays. As an adult he returns, challenging his teenage belief that ‘going to Ain el-Helweh is better than going to Disney Land’.

At the heart of the film is Fleifel’s relationship with his childhood friend Abu Iyad. They share an obsession for football, the World Cup, and Palestinian politics. While Fleifel can freely move in and out of the camp, Iyad does not have this freedom – an inequity that challenges their friendship and brings to light bigger questions about the sustainability of these camps.

A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile, based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage. It is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.


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  • Jalal

    Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for arranging this - it was an interesting, bitter-sweet film. I did try to find someone from the meet-up after the event but wasn't too successful :-D

    I would like to know more about the group - how it works, the organisations it supports, etc. - but more importantly how I can contribute.

    Look forward to meeting the group in one of the up-coming events. Jalal.

    February 9, 2014

    • Natasha

      There are a lot of amazing organisations and groups who are working hard to promote the cause of the Palestinians. Our aim is to highlight all their fantastic work and to invite you to all the inspiring events and talks that they hold.

      We would like to take this opportunity to stress we gather events postings from various websites and where possible ALWAYS add a link to the organizers or venue. Please check their links before going to an event in case of changes in their schedule.

      If you do go to an event advertised on our site take along a Meet-up poster which you can download here and meet other lprg members. We would also love to hear your comments and thoughts about the events you attend.

      February 18, 2014

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