Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated from the UK
National Film & TV School. In 2010 he set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell.

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.


Born and raised in Dublin, Patrick’s academic background is in Anthropology and Sociology, but he has been drawn to filmmaking from a young age. Since moving to London, he has freelanced as a production manager, line producer and producer on pilots, shorts, and features.

In 2010 Campbell and director Mahdi Fleifel formed the production company Nakba FilmWorks to produce feature documentary ‘A World Not Ours’ and Fleifel’s subsequent works. He has also engaged in collaborations with other directors including with his brother Duncan Campbell to produce The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy in 2016.

Patrick is currently developing a new fiction feature, ‘Men in the Sun’, with Fleifel through Nakba FilmWorks and co-producers Final Cut For Real in Denmark. Alongside this he has different fiction and documentary projects in various stages of development.

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