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Films

Xalko

Director(s)
Sami Mermer
Hind Benchekroun
Country
(Québec)
Canada
Year
2018
Language
Kurdish and Turkish with French or English subtitles
Duration
100 min

With both directors attending on November 9th.

with French subtitles : November 9th
with English subtitles :

Xalko, the birthplace of director Sami Mermer, is a Kurdish village in the heart of Turkish Anatolia. The filmmaker, now living in the West, like so many others, visits his birthplace. He finds Xalko peopled largely with women, along with only a few men who decided to stay. With his codirector, Hind Benchekroun, he shows us “the other side” of migration. Thanks to the directors’ closeness to the people they film, Xalko becomes a chronicle of a way of life threatened by exodus, as well as a powerful portrait of strong women living their lives without men. A homecoming becomes an opportunity for a community to confront the culpability of those who left, and the bitterness – often expressed through sardonic humour – of those who have worked themselves to the bone to keep the village going. (ACO, RIDM)

Official Selection RIDM 2018

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Director(s)
Sami Mermer
Hind Benchekroun
Country
(Québec)
Canada
Year
2018
Language
Kurdish and Turkish with French or English subtitles
Duration
100 min