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A World Not Ours

  • Directed by Mahdi Fleifel
  • Lebanon/Palestine, 2013, 93 mins., Arabic

Drawing on a family history of videomaking, Fleifel offers an intimate glimpse into the crumbling Ain el-Helweh (“Sweet Spring”) refugee camp in Lebanon—a settlement of less than a square mile that has, for more than 60 years, been home to more than 70,000 people. Fleifel spent his formative years there 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, funny, and nostalgic insider portrait of the community. The conversations with residents, friends, and family provide an unfiltered take on Palestinian grievances with Israel, Lebanon, and their own political leaders and how ideas of home, community, victory, and hope sustain in a challenging situation. Engaging and accessible, with a quirky, upbeat soundtrack, Fleifel’s personal journey offers a fresh and inviting point of entry to thorny political history and determined resistance.

Genres: Documentary