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A Drowning Man

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
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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.
A Drowning Man  Poster
2017/ Denmark - UK - Greece15 min/ Fiction
Original Title
Rajol 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
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Production Company(ies)
Final Cut for Real
Nakba Film Works
Patrick Campbell
Maria Drandaki
Mahdi Fleifel
Signe Byrge Sørensen
film festivals
film festivals World premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, France
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals BFI London Film Festival, UK
film festivals Encounters International Film Festival, France
film festivals Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
film festivals Denver Film Society, USA
film festivals Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
film festivals Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
film festivals 24FPS International Short Film Festival, USA
film festivals Asiana International Short Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
film festivals Milan Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece
film festivals Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema, Brazil
film festivals Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
film festivals Montréal Festival of New Cinema, Canada
film festivals Les Arcs European Film Festival, France
film festivals Geneva International Film Festival - Tous Écrans, Switzerland
film awards
film awards Best Fiction Short Film award at the Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival
Grand Prix International at the Cork International Film Festival
Silver Spike Award (Best Short Film) at the Valladolid International Film Festival
Best Muhr Short Film Award at the Dubai International 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