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Mahdi Fleifel

Prolific filmmaker documenting Palestinian refugee life and identity.

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Date of Birth:



Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

His films have won numerous international awards, providing a unique and deeply personal perspective on the Palestinian refugee experience.

Brief bio

Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist, known for his works that delve into the lives and struggles of Palestinian refugees. Born in Dubai, he grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon before moving to Denmark. His films often reflect his personal experiences and the broader Palestinian condition.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Dubai, UAE in 1979.

  • Grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

  • Moved to Denmark in 1988.

  • Graduated from the British National Film and Television School in 2009.

  • Won the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for "A Man Returned" in 2016.

  • "A World Not Ours" (2012) - A feature film that received over 30 awards...See More

  • "Xenos" (2014) - A short film following young refugees from Ain El-Helweh to Greece...See More

  • "A Drowning Man" (2017) - Focuses on the existential crisis of an undocumented migrant in Greece...See More

  • "3 Logical Exits" (2020) - A documentary highlighting the Palestinian refugee experience...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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