A drowning man

DIRECTOR:  MahdI FLeifel

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.



Duration: 16 min
Release: May 2017
Language: Arabic & Greek

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Cinematographer: Vasco Viana
Sound designer: Dario Swade
Production & Costume Design: Alexia Theodoraki
Acting Coach: Scandar Copti
Sound Recordist: Dimitris Kanellopoulos
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Patrick Campbell, Mahdi Fleifel
Co-producer: Maria Drandaki

Produced by Final Cut for Real
Co-produced by Nakba Filmworks  (UK) and Homemade Films (GR)
Developed with the support of:
Danish Film Institute
Creative Europe
AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


Nominated for BAFTA 2018 - Best Short Film
Best Short (co-winner) - Dokufest, Kosovo
Silver Spike - Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Grand Prix - Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Best Short Film - Festival International du Film de Bruxelles, Belgium
Best Short Film - Dubai International Film Festival, UAE


World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2017 - In Short Film competition
Galway Film Festival, Ireland
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Dokufest, Kosovo
Festival Kinemastik, Malta
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
Nara International Film Festival, Japan
Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canada
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland
Athens International Film Festival, Greece
Encounters Festival, UK
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
Milano Film Festival, Italy
Show Me Shorts !, New Zealand
Nouveau Cinema of Montreal, Canada
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Palestinian Film Festival, Australia
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Edinburgh Short Film Fest, UK
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil
Asiana International Short Film Festival, Korea
Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece
Cinéma Tous Écrans- Genève, Switzerland
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Festival Combat, France
Souq Film Festival, Italy
24fps International Film Festival, USA
Denver - Starz Denver Film Festival, USA
Festival International du Film de Bruxelles, Belgium
International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
Gijón International Film Festival, Spain
The Danish House in Palestine, Palestine
Cortopilar, Spain
2ANNAS Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
Filmmaker's Alliance, UK
Gezici Festival On Wheels, Turkey
Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival, Spain
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
Festival des Arcs, France
San Joaquin International Film Festival, USA
EU Human Rights Film Days, Turkey
London Short Film Festival, UK
Flickerfest, Australia
Reel Palestine, UAE
Sudan Independent Film Festival, Sudan
Flickerfest Tour - Best of EU program, Australia
Miami Film Festival, USA
Aalto University


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
E: byrge@final-cut.dk

Producer Patrick Campbell
E: patrick@nakbafilmworks.com

Salaud Morisset
E: festival@salaudmorisset,com
p: +49 1 52 25 19 23 36