A World Not Ours (2014)
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A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, 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. (c) Nakba … More
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Critic Reviews for A World Not Ours
Although not a perfect film, "A World Not Ours" does turn faceless statistics about the plight of refugees into an immediate human tragedy.
This affecting, humor-tinged debut feature from Mahdi Fleifel goes back to the old neighborhood in southern Lebanon: the refugee camp Ain al-Helweh, a Palestinian pocket of hemmed-in buildings and stifled hopes.
Probably the only good thing to come out of the Palestinian dispossession is a long list of great films, and this is one of the greatest among them.
Mahdi Fleifel's usage of a domestic archive of home-video images inherited from his father lends the doc a simultaneous sense of historical gravitas and intimacy.
Fleifel gathers the messy detritus of everyday living, laughs at it, then shows the viewer what it means.
Along with its anger, Fleifel's revealing film contrives, against the odds, to derive everyday humour from the refugee experience.
Mahdi Fifel's poignant documentary about everyday life in Ain el-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, offers a very different insight to that given in news reports.
A reference to the Holocaust feels awkward, but otherwise the blend of personal and political is electrifying.
The filmmaker, born in Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon's largest camp for Palestinian refugees, presents a poignant picture of that scrapyard for hope and homeland dreams.
Humour is a weapon for good in this heartbreaking and harrowing documentary about life in a social and political hinterland.
In this heartfelt film, Fleifel shows us the human cost of the conflict.
Offering a fascinating window into a world often distorted and oversimplified, this is informative, stimulating and moving stuff ...
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