A World Not Ours

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.



Reviews Counted: 15

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 176


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 4/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

A World Not Ours Photos

Movie Info

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


News & Interviews for A World Not Ours

Critic Reviews for A World Not Ours

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

  • Although not a perfect film, "A World Not Ours" does turn faceless statistics about the plight of refugees into an immediate human tragedy.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Fleifel gathers the messy detritus of everyday living, laughs at it, then shows the viewer what it means.

    May 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A reference to the Holocaust feels awkward, but otherwise the blend of personal and political is electrifying.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A very accomplished piece of film-making ...

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Humour is a weapon for good in this heartbreaking and harrowing documentary about life in a social and political hinterland.

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for A World Not Ours

A return to a refugee camp that the film maker grew up in shines a light on an unfortunate temporary situation that becomes permanent and how people adapt to that type of living. People spend their entire lives being trapped by circumstances.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A World Not Ours Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features