This programme follows the trajectory of Mahdi Fleifel’s work over the past decade, featuring four of his award-winning short films including Xenos (2014), A Man Returned (2016), A Drowning Man (2017) and I Signed the Petition (2018). Fleifel’s compelling films challenges how we think about fundamental questions regarding the human condition, ranging from what it means to have a home and a homeland to being a refugee. Fleifel’s works also urge us to reexamine how we conceptualise Palestine and Palestinian identity.
Born in Dubai, Mahdi Fleifel lives and works between Denmark, England and Greece. A graduate of the National Film & Television School NTFS, Fleifel's critically acclaimed debut feature, A World Not Ours, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received over 30 awards. In 2016, he won a Silver Bear for A Man Returned. His follow up, A Drowning Man, was selected for the Official Competition at Cannes and was nominated for a BAFTA. I Signed the Petition won Best Documentary Short at IDFA.