Mahdi Fleifel - Director
Born in Dubai and raised in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Mahdi Fleifel graduated from the National Film and TV School in 2009. His first short film Shadi in the Beautiful Well and his most successful comedy Arafat & I have won several awards. In 2010 Fleifel set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Patrick Campbell. Their first feature-length project A World Not Ours premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has since picked up awards at Brussels, Krakow, Reykjavik and Abu Dhabi, where it won the Black Pearl, the NETPAC and the FIPRESCI award. The film also received the Peace Film Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013 and recently won the prestigious Yamagata, Edinburgh and DOC:NYC Grand Prizes. Mahdi recently completed a new short Xenos which premiered at the 2014 Berlinale. He is now preparing his second feature Men in the Sun.
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