A Man Returned
A Man Returned

A Man Returned

Director Mahdi Fleifel

Production year 2016

Length 30min.

Country UK/Denmark/The Netherlands/Lebanon


Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.


Mahdi Fleifel
Mahdi Fleifel



Patrick Campbell, Mahdi Fleifel


Mahdi Fleifel

Director of Photography

Mahdi Fleifel


Dario Swade


Michael Aaglund


Reda Al-Saleh

Production company(ies)

Nakba FilmWorks Patrick Campbell 450 Kingsland Road London E8 4AE +44 (0)7852 840462

Mahdi Fleifel

Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish/Palestinian filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the UK National Film and Television School in 2009. His debut feature, A World Not Ours, was widely acclaimed, earning over thirty awards including prizes at the Berlinale, the Edinburgh FF and DOC NYC. His upcoming feature, Men in the Sun is based on the themes and characters encountered while making his recent works.


Shadi in the Beautiful Well (2003), Hamoudi & Emil (2004), Harrison’s Monday’s Arms (2006), The Writer (2007), Arafat & I (2008), Four Weeks (2009), A World Not Ours (2012), Visit Palestine (2012), Xenos (2013), A Man Returned (2015).

FILMS 2016