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Men in the Sun

Fall Grant 2013 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

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

About the Director

Mahdi Fleifel graduated from the British National Film and Television School in 2009. His 2012 feature ‘A World Not Ours’, travelled widely on the film festival circuit, picked up more than 30 awards, and was released theatrically in France, Germany, the UK and the USA. His upcoming feature ‘Men in the Sun’ is based on themes and characters he encountered while making ‘A World Not Ours’, and is currently being developed as part of the New Danish Screen scheme and Binger Filmlab.

Production Company Profile

Nakba FilmWorks is a London-based film production company primarily focused on the work of writer-director Mahdi Fleifel. Formed in 2010 by Fleifel and Irish-born producer Patrick Campbell, Nakba produced and released Fleifel’s successful feature documentary ‘A World Not Ours’ (2013), and has now begun work on follow-up projects including ‘Men in the Sun’.

Final Cut for Real is a film production company based in Copenhagen. The company was founded in 2009 by producers Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anne Köhncke, editor Janus Billeskov Jansen and director Joshua Oppenheimer. Since then, producers Monica Hellström, Maria Kristensen and Heidi Elise Christensen have joined the company. Dedicated to high-end creative documentaries for the international market, Final Cut for Real’s policy is to be curious and daring, and seek out directors with serious artistic ambitions. With no limits on subject or location, we look for interesting stories, great characters and in-depth social analysis – and try to give films a twist of humour. We cover a wide range of development and production expertise – and work with younger talent as well as established filmmakers to create a productive mixture of experience and new approaches to documentary filmmaking. Our films have won Danish, Nordic and international awards and have been screened at numerous festivals around the world.


  • Director

    Mahdi Fleifel

    Nakba FilmWorks
    +44 795 201 0681

  • Production Company

    Nakba FilmWorks

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