Date: October 27, 2013
Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Details: 93 min, UK/Lebanon/Denmark, 2012
Filmmaker(s): Mahdi Fleifel
Special Co-Presentation with the Boston Palestine Film Festival! Closing Film!
A WORLD NOT OURS (Alam Laysa Lana) is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exiles in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon, a place hastily built in 1948 that now houses 70,000 refugees in one square kilometer. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.
Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A WORLD NOT OURS is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten and preserve collective memory.
Born in Dubai in 1979, Mahdi Fleifel was raised in Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon and later in the suburbs of Elsinore, Denmark. In 2009, Fleifel graduated from the National Film and Television School in London, where he now lives and works. His first-year film, Arafat & I, screened at festivals around the world and won numerous awards. In 2010, Fleifel and Irish producer Patrick Campbell established the London-based production company Nakba Filmworks. A World Not Ours is Fleifel’s first feature-length documentary.
“A dazzling act of first person filmmaking… Maybe you’ve never heard of Ain El-Heweh before, but after this film you’ll never forget it.”
– Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival