Mahdi Fleifel Trilogy (2020)

  • Global Racialisations
  • 57min


Xenos | 2013 | 12 min.

In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they come looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.

A Man Returned | 2016 | 30 min.

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to live in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds, he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.

3 Logical Exits | 2020 | 15 min.

A sociological meditation on the different “exits” that young Palestinians choose, in order to cope with life in the refugee camps.

A pre-recorded conversation between the curators and the filmmakers is available here.

Strand curated by Yasmin Fedda and Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan.


Mahdi Fleifel


Denmark, United Kingdom, Lebanon