“In a way, it’s sort of the fate of Palestinians, not to end up where they started, but somewhere unexpected and far away.” – Edward W. Said
“My Father’s House” is a deeply personal and poignant documentary film by Mahdi Fleifel that delves into the complex and mysterious life of the filmmaker’s father, who passed away at the age of 59. The story takes us through memory, exile, and exploring a father-son relationship marked by distance and enigma. Through a mix of family archives, old photographs, and videotapes left behind by the father, Fleifel unravels the life of a man who always felt like an outsider, from his days as a young refugee in the 1970s to his pursuit of a different world in Dubai. The film also explores the family’s move to Denmark and their life in a house that symbolized more than just a home; it was a testament to their ‘happy lives’ in a foreign land. In the filmmaker’s words, “My Father’s House” is a story of family bonds across generations and the merging of two distinct worlds, marked by nostalgia and a son’s quest to understand his father.