Berkeley, CA: Screening of A WORLD NOT OURS

March 05, 2014

Wednesday March 5, 7pm: A WORLD NOT OURS

Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street
near downtown Berkeley Bart

General $10, students $5- Get Your tickets NOW!

You can also get tickets directly from MECA (no service charge) by calling Sue, weekdays 9am-4pm, 510-548-0542, or email

Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance

A dazzling act of first-person filmmaking, Mahdi Fleifel's A WORLD NOT OURS immerses us in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh (‘Sweet Spring’) in Lebanon. Hastily built in 1948, it now houses 70,000 refugees in one square kilometre. Fleifel spent his formative years in the camp in the 1980s before his family settled in Denmark, and for years he has been returning and keeping a video diary. His conversations with the camp residents offer an unfiltered take on life in Ain el-Helweh and the inhabitants’ grievances with Lebanon, Israel and their own political leaders. At the heart of the film is Fleifel's relationship with his friend Abu Eyad, with whom he shares an obsession with World Cup football and Palestinian politics. But while Fleifel can visit the camp when he pleases, Abu Eyad must remain — an inequity that makes their friendship both extra precious and sometimes tense. Abu Eyad is Fleifel's access-point to parts of the camp that few outsiders could ever hope to visit, and emerges as one of the most vivid and fascinating personalities on view, along with Fleifel's crusty octogenarian grandfather and his live-wire uncle.

Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, this film is more than just a family portrait; it is a sensitive and illumination study of belonging, friendship, and family -- an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory. Fleifel succeeds in telling an uplifting and truly funny film about hope in a hopeless world.

Lebanon / United Kingdom / Denmark 2012, 93 min

*Grand Jury Special Mention Award, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, 2013

*Best World Cinema, Documentary Edge Festival 2013

*Best Documentary prize at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2012

*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2012

"A daring and effective effort to humanize those perpetual combatants." -John Anderson, Variety

 "Fresh, engaging and accessible" --the Hollywood Reporter

Cosponsored by: KPFA, Palestinian Youth Movement: Cal Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area Women in Black, San Francisco Women in Black, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network