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Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel discusses the making of his film, A World Not Ours.

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Abu Eyad expresses his frustration with living in Lebanon as a refugee without rights.

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Mahdi's friend Abu Eyad describes feeling betrayed by those who promised a Palestinian revolution and says he does not want to return to his family's land.

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Mahdi's grandfather came to Ain el-Helweh at age 16 and has lived there ever since, maintaining his determination to one day return to his homeland.

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Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel introduces Ain el-Helweh, the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon where his family is from.


Mahdi Fleifel revisits his former home to share a passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees in southern Lebanon.

  • Updated on September 14, 2015

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Until Oct. 13, 2015

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A World Not Ours (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 18, 2014

Streaming Dates: Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 13, 2015

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Filmmaker: Mahdi Fleifel Bio | Interview | Statement

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Critical Acclaim

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

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