x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

UAE-supported Palestinian documentary launches crowdfunding campaign for Oscar consideration

Fleifel and Campbell aim to raise US$30,000 to secure a seven-day commercial run in Los Angeles County, one of the main eligibility requirements set forth by the Academy.

The director Mahdi Fleifel. Courtesy Nakba FilmWorks
The director Mahdi Fleifel. Courtesy Nakba FilmWorks

A World Not Ours, a UK-Danish-Lebanese co-production by the UAE-born Palestinian director Mahdi Fleifel and the producer Patrick Campbell, has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Aflamnah.com to qualify for consideration in the 87th Academy Awards next year.

A World Not Ours received the Sanad grant in 2012 from Abu Dhabi Film Festival and was the recipient of three ADFF 2012 awards: The Black Pearl award for Best Documentary; Fipresci Critics Award; and Netpac Critics Award. Fleifel also served as a juror in the Documentary Feature Competition Jury at ADFF last year.

The film is a witty portrait of three generations in the Ain El-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Based on personal recordings and historical footage, the film is a sensitive study of friendship and family.

Fleifel and Campbell aim to raise US$30,000 (Dh111,000) to secure a seven-day commercial run in Los Angeles County, one of the main eligibility requirements set forth by the Academy.

The campaign offers rewards in exchange for pledges ($10 to $15,000) ranging from thank-you and executive-producer credits to script evaluations for aspiring filmmakers.

Aflamnah.com will run the campaign for 40 days until March 2014, and may extend the duration if the financial target is not met. To contribute visit the campaign page here

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