Scene from the film Xenos
Scene from the film Xenos
Scene from the film Xenos
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In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they came looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.

Xenos is a short documentary blending footage shot on visits to Athens in 2011 with phone conversations recorded during Abu Eyad's time there. It tells of his day-to-day struggle for survival and enduring sense of exile in a land of hope that has become a nightmare.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Abu Eyad, Nizar, El-Yes, Mukhtar, Abu El-Hob, El-Khal, Abed M
  • DOP
    Mahdi Fleifel
  • Editing
    Michael Aaglund
  • Sound
    Gunnar Oskarsson
  • Duration
    12 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Denmark
    • United Kingdom
    • Greece
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlin International Film Festival 2014
    • Miami International Film Festival 2014
    • Cinema du Reel, Paris 2014
    • Busan International Short Film Festival 2014
    • Documentamadrid 2014
    • Houston Palestine Film Festival 2014
    • Ismailia Int Film Festival for Docs and Shorts 2014
    • Sydney Film Festival 2014
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014
    • Guanajuato International Film Festival 2014
    • Kinemastik / Truth of Sheffield (Malta) 2014
    • Melbourne International Film Festival 2014
    • Milan Film Festival 2014
    • Encounters Short Film Festival UK 2014
    • Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2014
    • Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014
    • Stockholm International Film Festival 2014
    • CPH:DOX 2014
    • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2014
    • International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Montreal International Documentary Festival - RIDM 2014
    • Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo 2014
    • Zinebi - Festival Internacional de Cine documental y cortometraje, Bilba
    • Festival on Wheels, Turkey 2014
    • Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival 2014
    • Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands 2014
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2015
    • World Film Festival, Tartu / Estonia 2015
    • Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015
    • Lasalle Festival international du documentaire en Cévennes 2015
    • Screen Loud Film Festival, NYC, 2015
    • Nottingham Alternative Film Network, UKIP fest 2015
    • 13th Int. Festival Signes de Nuit, Lisboa, 2015
    • Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival, Portugal, 2015
    • 10th Arab Film Festival of Brazil, 2015
  • Awards
    • Special Mention for Best Short Film - Milano Film Festival 2014
    • Best Short Film - Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, London
    • Best International Short - X Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, Brazil 2014
    • Best Nordic Film - Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway
    • Best Short Film - Screen Loud Film Festival, New York City 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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