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Glasgow Short Podcast: Mahdi Fleifel

Episode 9

interview by Laura Rantanen

Mahdi Fleifel

Mahdi Fleifel's debut feature 'A World Not Ours' (2012) received 30 awards, including the Berlinale Peace Prize, the Edinburgh, Yamagata and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes. He was named Best New Nordic Voice at Nordisk Panorama, and received the New Talent Award at CPH:DOX in 2013. In 2016 Fleifel won the Silver Bear for 'A Man Returned'. 'A Drowning Man' was selected at Cannes and nominated for a BAFTA. 'I Signed the Petition' won Best Documentary Short at IDFA and was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards. '3 Logical Exits' received the Bill Douglas Award at GSFF in 2020.

Talking Shorts is delighted to present you to Glasgow Short Film Festival’s brand-new podcast, available here, on the festival's website and on all major podcast platforms.

In the approach to GSFF 2021 the festival will be releasing eleven episodes. Nine episodes feature conversations between the previous winners of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and a member of that year's jury. Glasgow Short Podcast will also bring you a conversation between the curators and some of the filmmakers of the strand Barbed Wire Love: Artists, Filmmakers and their North of Ireland Troubles, and a summary of the whole festival programme, featuring various members of the festival team and their guest curators.

In the summer of 2019, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel travelled back to the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon to visit his friend Reda, the subject of his previous film 'A Man Returned'. When Mahdi arrived, thousands of Palestinians had just taken to the streets to protest against discriminatory measures by the Lebanese government. '3 Logical Exits' won GSFF20's Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film. Listen to director Mahdi Fleifel in conversation with GSFF19 Bill Douglas Award winner Laura Rantanen on our latest podcast episode:

The podcast is produced by Halina Rifai from Glasgow Podcart and A Sonic Hug, with music by Lewis den Hertog.

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