A World Not Ours
A World Not OursMahdi Fleifel // Lebanon, UK, Denmark // 2012 // 93 min // Original with English sub. // U

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For most of us, our identity is taken for granted—who we are, where we come from, and what we are is rarely questioned. But 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 personal recordings, family archives and historical footage from the last 20 years, the film is an attempt to record what is being forgotten and to mark what should not be erased from collective memory.

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. His short films have been 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.