Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director and a graduate of the UK National Film & Television School, where he studied under Stephen Frears and Pawel Pawlikowski. In 2010 he founded the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with producer Patrick Campbell.

Fleifel’s debut feature, A WORLD NOT OURS (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received over 30 awards, including the Peace Prize at the Berlinale and the Edinburgh, Yamagata and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes.

In 2016 he received a Silver Bear for A MAN RETURNED, and his follow up, A DROWNING MAN, was selected for the Official Competition in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, I SIGNED THE PETITION, is currently nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards.


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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