A Drowning Man

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
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Screened in 65 festivals in over 25 countries, winning nine awards
Nominated for the BAFTA’s Best Short Film
Mahdi Fleifel’s debut fiction film
Received 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/ Drama
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Rajol Yaghraq
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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
Screenwriter: Mahdi Fleifel
DOP: Vasco Viana
Editor: Michael Aaglund
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Production Company(ies)
Final Cut for Real
Nakba FilmWorks
Patrick Campbell, Maria Drandaki, Mahdi Fleifel, Signe Byrge Sørensen
film festivals
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, US
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
24FPS International Short Film Festival, US
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
Dokufest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
Miami Film Festival, US
Festival Kinemastik, Malta
Nara International Film Festival, Japan
Athens International Film Festival, Greece
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
Show Me Shorts!, New Zealand
Nouveau Cinema of Montreal, Canada
Palestinian Film Festival, Australia
Edinburgh Short Film Fest, UK
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
Festival Combat, France
Souq Film Festival, Italy
Sudan Independent Film Festival, Sudan
Reel Palestine, UAE
London Short Film Festival, UK
San Joaquin International Film Festival, US
EU Human Rights Film Days, Turkey
Gezici Festival on Wheels, Turkey
Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival, Spain
Gijón International Film Festival, Spain
International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
Festival International du Film de Bruxelles, Belgium
Aegean Film Festival, Greece
Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey
Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia
Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
Cinema Jove - Valencia International Film Festival, Spain
Contis International Film Festival
FEST New Directors/New Films Festival, Portugal
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia
Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK
Fricine, Brazil
HollyShorts Film Festival, Canada
Landshut Short Film Festival, Germany
Malmö Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Mecal Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, Spain
Muestra de Cine Internacional de Palencia, Spain
Palestine Cinema Days,Palestine
Riga International Film festival 2ANNAS, Latvia
Tacoma Film Festival, US
UK Film Festival, UK
film awards
Best Fiction Short Film at the Dokufest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo
Grand Prix International at the Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
Silver Spike Award for Best Short Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Best Muhr Short Film Award at the Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
Short Film Prize at Festival La Fila de Cortometrajes
Festival Prize at Iquique International Film Festival
Jury Prize at Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt
Jury Prize at Overcome Film Festival
Sound & Image Challenge Award at Sound & Image Challenge International Festival
“A powerful portrait of desperation, haunting, it's as close an observation of isolation as one might hope for.”
Andrew Robertson - Eye for Film