UK/Denmark/Greece, 2013, Colour, 12 min
In 2010, Palestinian Abu Eyad flees with others from the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Ain el-Helweh. The destination they long to reach is Europe. Aided by smugglers, they flee across Syria and Turkey to Greece, a place of projected hopes and paradise rolled into one. But Greece is stuck in a serious economic, political and social crisis and their dreams are soon stifled by a brutal reality that only permits a hand-to-mouth existence. Having absolutely no access to a better life, the young refugees waste their days away in a parallel universe. They take drugs, to escape the boredom and the nothingness. Money for it is earned in street prostitution, where men and women are attended to in equal measure. Only they themselves are left with much too little.
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Born in Dubai in 1979, he was raised in Ainal-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon and later in the suburbs of Elsinore in Denmark. In 2009, Fleifel graduated from the National Film and Television School in London. His first-year film, ARAFA & I, screened at festivals around the world and won numerous awards. Fleifel’s first feature-length documentary A WORLD NOT OURS screened in the Berlinale Panorama section and received awards all over the world.
Berlinale 2014. Cinéma du Réel 2014. Documenta Madrid 2014.
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