Mahdi Fleifel (Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 1979). Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film & TV School. He is the co-founder of London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks which he runs alongside Irish producer Patrick Campbell. Mahdi is currently based in Amsterdam where he has lived since 2014. His debut feature, "A World Not Ours" (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up over 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize at the 2013 Berlinale and the Edinburgh, Yamagata and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes. In 2016 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale with A Man Returned. His recent film, "A Drowning Man", was selected for the official competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.