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  • Summary: A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family. Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, it is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lowry
    Feb 18, 2014
    Offering a fascinating window into a world often distorted and oversimplified, this is informative, stimulating and moving stuff.
  2. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    May 20, 2014
    Fleifel gathers the messy detritus of everyday living, laughs at it, then shows the viewer what it means.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 22, 2014
    Mr. Fleifel helps walk us through the history with an ingratiating voice-over that lightens the seemingly permanent clouds of a dire history.
  4. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 21, 2014
    Mahdi Fleifel's usage of a domestic archive of home-video images inherited from his father lends the doc a simultaneous sense of historical gravitas and intimacy.
  5. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Feb 18, 2014
    In this heartfelt film, Fleifel shows us the human cost of the conflict.