PBS Premiere: August 18, 2014
Online: Aug. 19, 2014 – Sept. 17, 2014
A World Not Ours is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family's multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees. Now a Danish resident, director Mahdi Fleifel grew up in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, established in 1948 as a temporary refuge for exiled Palestinians. Today, the camp houses 70,000 people and is the hometown of generations of Palestinians. The filmmaker's childhood memories are surprisingly warm and humorous, a testament to the resilience of the community. Yet his yearly visits reveal the increasing desperation of family and friends who remain trapped in psychological as well as political limbo. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
A World Not Ours (90 min.)
Passionate, ironic, bittersweet, a docu that flips storytelling and Mideast-Arab cliches on their heads, while weaving an irresistible mood of amused melancholy.
— John Anderson, Variety
An engagingly accessible chronicle of a friendship, a family and a place.
— Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter