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A Drawning Man
Running Time: 15 minutes
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast: Thymios Koukios, Jalal Qaniry, Atef Alshafei, Rebih El-Saleous, Irene Aggelopoulou, Mounir Alkhateeb
Showtime: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Description: 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.
Festivals & Awards:
- Cannes International Film Festival
With A Drowning Man I wanted to tell a story that captures some small part of the day to day lives of refugees living on the fringes of Europe. It is based on stories Iíve heard from friends, stories I could have been living if my family hadnít escaped to Europe in the 1980ís. As with all of my recent work, the aim is not to make a statement about the rights and wrongs of any given situation but to simply give as intimate and true a picture as I can of things that are familiar to me, hoping audiences will come away having seen things from another perspective.
Working through fiction for the first time in nearly ten years I was conscious of retaining the authenticity and rawness of my documentary work. Our Palestinian cast are all refugees in Greece, many had made the perilous sea crossing from Turkey that we have all become so familiar with. The story is shaped by their own experiences and expressive personalities as much as the ideas I brought to Greece before meeting them.
Screening with: The Silicon Valley Revolution
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