Balkan Dox

A Man Returned

United Kingdom, Denmark, Lebanon, Netherlands
2016 — 30 min / Colour



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 life 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.

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Directors' Biography

Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish/Palestinian filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the UK National Film and Television School in 2009. His debut feature, A WORLD NOT OURS, was widely acclaimed, earning over thirty awards including prizes at the Berlinale, the Edinburgh IFF and DOC NYC.

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Mahdi Fleifel


Mahdi Fleifel

Patrick Campbell


Mahdi Fleifel


Michael Aaglund


Dario Swade

Screenings & Awards

Berlinale, Germany, 2016
Silver Berlin Bear

VIS Vienna , Austria, 2016
Vienna Short Film Award

Winterthur IShFF, Switzerland, 2016
Best Short Film

IFFR Rotterdam, Denmark, 2016

DokuFest, Kosovo, 2016