Imbued with nostalgia and striking a wide range of emotional notes, Mahdi Fleifel travels to the Lebanese refugee camp of Ain El Helweh to explore how the camp's displaced people use the World Cup series to articulate their own ideas of home, community, victory and hope. A World Not Ours is a dazzling act of first-person filmmaking that hits notes on a far-ranging emotional scale, from tears to laughter.
Fleifel spent his formative years in the camp in the 1980s before his family settled in Denmark. At the heart of the film is Fleifel's relationship to his friend Abu Iyad, who both share an obsession with World Cup soccer and Palestinian politics, but Fleifel has the ability to come and go, while Abu Iyad does not. That inequity makes their friendship extra precious, and also susceptible to tension.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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