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


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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

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…

In this heartfelt film, Fleifel shows us the human cost of the conflict.

Feb 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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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.

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