XENOS is a staged documentary based on a testimony shared with writer/director Mahdi Fleifel a few years ago. It is the story of how as a human being on the run, and without rights, one is forced into a life where humanity is completely dismantled. It's a film that depicts how reality is often stranger than fiction.

Three Palestinian refugees, Chatila, Fatah and Abu Love, are dreaming of escaping from Athens after 7 years of life in a country collapsing in upon itself. When Chatila succeeds in smuggling a fellow compatriot out of the country, he finds himself with 4,000 euros – an amount just enough to get one of them out, but not all three. Chatila is forced to choose between his friends and freedom.

XENOS is a UK/Danish/Dutch/Greek co-production and is produced by NakBa FilmWorks, Bullitt Film, Studio Ruba and Homemade Films. The creative documentary received a production contribution as part of HBF+NFF.


  • Status: in financing
  • Length: 90’ min
  • Release: TBA
  • Genre: staged documentary


  • Director: Madhi Fleifel
  • Production Design: Jorien Sont
  • Sound Recording: Taco Drijfhout
  • Editor: Michael Agglund
  • Co-producers: Vibeke Vogel, Layla Meijman & Maarten van der Ven, Maria Drandaki
  • Producers: Mahdi Fleifel, Geoff Arbourne