A Man Returned

  • United Kingdom 
  • Lebanon 
  • Netherlands 
  • Palestinian Territories 
Audio Tracks 

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece.

He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria.

Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.




  • Original title
    A Man Returned
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Reda Al-Saleh
  • DOP
    Mahdi Fleifel
  • Editing
    Michael Aaglund
  • Sound
    Dario Swade
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
    • Lebanon
    • Netherlands
    • Palestinian Territories
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
    • Berlin International Film Festival 2016
    • Go Short – Int Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2016
    • BAFICI Buenos Aires 2016
    • International Madrid Documentary Festival 2016
    • Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb / Croatia
    • VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2016
    • Mediterranean Film Festival in Split, Croatia
    • Kortfilmfestivalen Grimstad 2016
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
    • Diálogo de Cinema: Porto Alegre IFF 2016
    • GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan Int. Film Festival 2016
    • Lago Film Fest of Short Films and Docs, Italy 2016
    • Guanajuato IFF, Mexico 2016
    • Melbourne International Film Festival 2016
    • HOMEM, Portugal 2016
    • Dokufest Kosovo 2016
    • FESTCURTASBH in Belo Horizonte/Brazil 2016
    • Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
    • Milano Film Festival 2016
    • Camden International Film Festival 2016
    • Athens Int. Short Film Festival PSAROKOKALO 2016
    • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival 2016
    • Riga Int. Film Festival, 2ANNAS 2016
    • Carbonia Film Festival 2016
    • Film Fest Ghent 2016
  • Awards
    • Berlin International Film Festival 2016 - EFA Nomination + Silver Bear
    • VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2016 - Best Int. Fiction and Documentary Film
    • Diálogo de Cinema: Porto Alegre IFF 2016 - Audience Award
    • Lago Film Fest of Short Films and Documentaries, Italy 2016 - Special Mention

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