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Men in the Sun

Fall Grant 2013 - Development Stage

Mahdi Fleifel / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Greece, United Kingdom, Denmark, Qatar / 2016 / Original Language: Arabic, Greek / Interests: Drama, Politics, Social Issues, Crime, Youth, Dark Comedy, Immigration, Docufiction, Middle Eastern, Road Trip, Based on a True Story, Friendship, Arthouse


Chatila, Fatah and Abu-Love, three Palestinian refugees, dream of escaping Athens after seven years living in a country collapsing upon itself. Chatila succeeds in smuggling a compatriot out of the country, but he only gets enough cash to get one of the three friends out of Greece. Soon the three lose all their money to the scheming migrant Jihad. Consumed with rage,they kidnap him, but he escapes and the men are once again trapped. A new plan emerges that will both get the whole gang out of Greece and allow them to exact revenge. Now wanted men, they have to skip town as soon as possible. The prospect of escape proves daunting, however, and Chatila is forced to choose between his friends and his freedom.


Mahdi Fleifel
Mahdi Fleifel
Patrick Campbell, Signe Byrge Sorensen
Production Company
Nakba FilmWorks, Final Cut for Real
Production Company
Nakba FilmWorks

About the Director

A graduate of the UK National Film & Television School, Mahdi Fleifel lives and works between Denmark, England and Greece. Fleifel’s critically acclaimed debut, ‘A World Not Ours’, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received over 30 awards. In 2016 Fleifel won a Silver Bear for ‘A Man Returned’. His follow up, ‘A Drowning Man’, was selected in the Official Competition at Cannes, and was nominated for a BAFTA. ‘I Signed the Petition’, won Best Documentary Short at IDFA and was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards. His most recent piece, 3 LOGICAL EXITS, premiered in the Tiger Shorts Competition in Rotterdam 2020.


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    Mahdi Fleifel

    Nakba FilmWorks

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