A World Not Ours
- PALESTINE, UAE, UK / 2012 / Arabic, English / Color, B&W / 93 min
Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, who spent his childhood in Ain El Helweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, and now lives in Denmark, combines home movies his father had shot long ago, together with the footage he records every time he gets back to his beloved “hometown,” the camp. The film depicts not only a personal family history but also the history of Palestine and the inner changes of the camp itself during the recent decades. As a person who is neither totally a refugee nor an outsider, the director covers the reality of the people who are forced to have lived in the “temporary” refugee camp for a long time. The film title comes from a novel written by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated in 1972.