A World Not Ours
A World Not Ours

A World Not Ours

Director Mahdi Fleifel

Production year 2012

Length 93min.

Country UK


For most of us, our identity is taken for granted - who we are, where we come from, and what we are is rarely questioned. Not for the Palestinians who are constantly required to show proof of identity, while their existence as native inhabitants of a land that no longer exists is perpetually denied or challenged.
A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exiles in the refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh, in southern Lebanon. 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 mark what should not be erased from collective memory.


Peace Film Award | Berlinale, Germany, 2013


Mahdi Fleifel
Mahdi Fleifel



Patrick Campbell


Mahdi Fleifel

Director of Photography

Mahdi Fleifel


Zhe Wu


Mahdi, Abu Iyad, Abu Osama, Said

Production company(ies)

Nabka Filmworks

Mahdi Fleifel

Born 1979, Dubai, UAE. Fleifel is a Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist based in London. He was born in Dubai, raised in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon and later in the suburbs of Elsinore, Denmark. He graduated from the British National Film and Television School in 2009. His short films have screened at more than a hundred festivals around the world and have won many best film awards. A World Not Ours is his first feature film.


Arafat & I (2008, short,) , 4 Weeks (2009, short), A World Not Ours (2012, doc.).

FILMS 2013