UK, Lebanon, Denmark, The Netherlands


Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years of being trapped in Greece.

He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria.

Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart. A love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.

Director's Biography

Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish/Palestinian filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the UK National Film and Television School in 2009. His debut feature, A WORLD NOT OURS, was widely acclaimed, earning over thirty awards including prizes at the Berlinale, the Edinburgh IFF and DOC NYC.

His upcoming feature, MEN IN THE SUN, is based on the themes and characters encountered while making his recent works, and is currently being developed in collaboration with Final Cut For Real in Denmark.

2013 - XENOS, short
2012 - VISIT PALESTINE, video installation
2012 - A WORLD NOT OURS, doc.
2009 - FOUR WEEKS, short
2008 - ARAFAT & I, short
2007 - THE WRITER, short
2006 - HARRISONS MONDAY'S ARMS, music promo
2004 - HAMOUDI & EMIL, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Mahdi Fleifel

Produced by: Patrick Campbell

Cinematography: Mahdi Fleifel

Editing: Michael Aaglund

Sound Design: Dario Swade

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2016