3 Logical Exits

A film by

Denmark, United Kingdom, Lebanon | 15' | 01/2020 | documentary

A sociological meditation on the different “exits” that young Palestinians choose, in order to cope with life in the refugee camps.

Square Eyes - IFFR 2020 - Laurel
Square Eyes - IFFR 2020 - Laurel

Mahdi Fleifel


Born in Dubai, Mahdi Fleifel lives and works between Denmark, England and Greece. A graduate of the UK’s National Film & Television School, he studied Fiction Directing under Stephen Frears and Pawel Pawlikowski. In 2010 he founded the London based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell.

Fleifel’s critically acclaimed debut feature, A WORLD NOT OURS, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received over 30 awards, including the Berlinale Peace Prize, and 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 a Silver Bear for A MAN RETURNED. His follow up, A DROWNING MAN, was selected in the Official Competition at Cannes, and was nominated for a BAFTA. His last film, I SIGNED THE PETITION, won Best Documentary Short at IDFA and was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards.


  • 3 Logical Exits – 2020 – short film
  • I Signed the Petition – 2018 – short film
  • A Drowning Man – 2017 – short film
  • A Man Returned – 2016 – short film
  • 20 Handshakes for Peace – 2015 – short film
  • Xenos – 2014 – short film
  • A World Not Ours – 2012 – documentary feature
Square Eyes - Director - Mahdi Fleifel (Photo by Ulysse del Drago) - Square Eyes


Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Producer: Mahdi Fleifel
Executive Producer: Amal Alaeddine
Cinematographer: Mahdi Fleifel & Talal Khoury
Sound: Dario Swade
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Production assistant: Walid Taha


  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (22 January – 2 February, 2020)
    Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition
  • MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, United States (5 – 19 February, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Tampere Film Festival, Finland (4 – 8 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany (11 – 18 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (18 – 22 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Haifa Independent Film Festival, Israel (25 – 29 March. 2020)
    Official Selection


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here