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A Drowning Man
Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Nominated for the BAFTA’s Best Short Film
Mahdi Fleifel’s debut fiction film
Received the Development funding from the Danish Film Institute and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Grant
2017/ Denmark - UK - Greece15 MIN/ Short Fiction
Original Title
Rajul Yaghraq
Drowning in sorrows and hardships, a refugee struggles to survive another day in a foreign country.
Atef Alshafei
Jalal Qaniry
Mounir Alkhateeb
Rebih El-Saleous
Thymios Koukios
Screenwriter: Mahdi Fleifel
DOP: Vasco Viana
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Production Company(ies)
Final Cut for Real
Nakba Film Works
Patrick Campbell
Maria Drandaki
Mahdi Fleifel
Signe Byrge Sørensen
World premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, France
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Encounters International Film Festival, France
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Denver Film Society, USA
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
24FPS International Short Film Festival, USA
Asiana International Short Film Festival, South Korea
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Milan Film Festival, Italy
Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece
Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema, Brazil
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Montréal Festival of New Cinema, Canada
Les Arcs European Film Festival, France
Geneva International Film Festival - Tous Écrans, Switzerland
Best Fiction Short Film award at the Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival
“A powerful portrait of desperation, haunting, it's as close an observation of isolation as one might hope for.” Eye for Film-Andrew Robertson