Presented by the film’s makers*, and followed by a discussion with Abbas Shiblak, writer on statelessness.
Mahdi Fleifel’s dazzling, award-winning first-person documentary immerses us in a strange and unique world. In the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh (“Sweet Spring”) in Lebanon the approaching World Cup championship becomes a means for the residents – stateless and isolated since the camps hasty construction in 1948 – to articulate their own ideas of home, community, victory and hope.
Fleifel spent his formative years in the camp in the 1980s before his family settled in Denmark, and for years he has been returning and keeping a video diary, his conversations with the camp residents offering intimate take on life in Ain el-Helweh and the inhabitants’ grievances. At the heart of the film is Fleifel’s relationship with his friend Abu Eyad. But while Fleifel can visit the camp when he pleases, Abu Eyad must remain — an inequity that makes their friendship both precious and susceptible to tension.
Humourous, touching and revelatory, A World Not Ours brilliantly captures the tumultuous six decades since Ain el-Helweh’s construction through the lens of Fleifel’s own personal journey. (Toronto International Film Festival)
* Nakba filmworks is director Mahdi Fleiffel and producer Patrick Campbell
View trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDIyM8XTWUo
Event flyer here: http://eepurl.com/POQQP
Doors 7pm, start: 7.30pm.
Free entry / recommended donation £5
Middle-Eastern food £4.00 per plate
at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA
CATASTROPHE CLUB: Film and discussion events