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My Father's House

Fall Grants 2020 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Mahdi Fleifel / Feature Documentary / Denmark, United Kingdom, Palestine, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic, Danish, English / Interests: Biography, Immigration, Identity, Creative Documentary


In 2012, two weeks after ‘A World Not Ours’ was completed, my father died at the age of 59. He didn’t leave much behind—only a rusty Mercedes and a few thousand dollars in a bank account in Lebanon. But he did leave behind an old Samsonite full of photographs from his youth, and boxes filled with videotapes from the past 11 years of his life. In 2009, my father went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, apparently on a spiritual journey, though he was mostly interested in filming. Eventually, someone had had enough and confronted my father, “Do you think you’re on a safari trip?”— “No”, my father had replied, “This is footage for my son”. What did my father want to tell me with his recordings? And who was my father, really, in the time before I was born in Dubai, and after my parents’ divorce in Denmark? This is a personal story about memory, exile, about a father and his son, and a family bond through three generations. An expansion of the universe from my first feature, ‘A World Not Ours’.


Mahdi Fleifel
Mahdi Fleifel
Mahdi Fleifel

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.

Production Company Profile

Nakba FilmWorks is a London based production company primarily focused on the work of writer/director Mahdi Fleifel. Formed in 2010 by Fleifel and Irish 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.


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    Mahdi Fleifel

    Nakba FilmWorks

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    Nakba FilmWorks

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