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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

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. His last film, ‘I Signed the Petition’, won Best Documentary Short at IDFA and was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards.

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 FilmWorks released the feature documentary 'A World Not Ours' in 2012. The film went on to screen at over 100 festivals worldwide, collecting over 30 awards including the Yamagata Grand Prix and the Berlinale Peace Prize. Their 2016 short documentary, 'A Man Returned', had its international premiere at the 2016 Berlinale where it won the Silver Bear and their short film 'A Drowning Man’ premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2018. Fleifel's most recent release 'I Signed the Petition' has screened at over 70 festivals picking up a European Film Awards nomination and winning the Best Short Film prize at IDFA in 2018.

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

  • Production Company

    Nakba FilmWorks

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