15th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2022

Neighbours

Switzerland | 90 min | Family | 2021 | Feature Film (Live Action) | Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish

In a Syrian border village in the early '80s, little Sero attends school for the first time. A new teacher has arrived with the goal of making strapping Panarabic comrades out of the Kurdish children. To enable paradise to come to earth, he uses the rod to forbid the Kurdish language, orders the veneration of Assad, and preaches hate of the Zionist enemy - the Jews. The lessons upset and confuse Sero because his long-time neighbors are a lovable Jewish family. With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film depicts a childhood that manages to find light moments between dictatorship and dark drama.

বাংলা

৮০-এর দশকের গোড়ার দিকে সিরিয়া সীমান্তের একটি গ্রামে, ছোট্ট সেরো প্রথমবারের মতো স্কুলে যায়। একজন নতুন শিক্ষক এসেছেন কুর্দি শিশুদের থেকে প্যানারাবিক কমরেড তৈরির লক্ষ্য নিয়ে। স্বর্গকে পৃথিবীতে আসতে সক্ষম করার জন্য, তিনি কুর্দি ভাষা নিষিদ্ধ করার জন্য রড ব্যবহার করেন, আসাদ এর উপাসনার আদেশ দেন এবং জায়নবাদী শত্রু- ইহুদিদের ঘৃণা প্রচার করেন। এ পাঠগুলি সেরোকে বিচলিত করে এবং বিভ্রান্ত করে কারণ তার দীর্ঘদিনের প্রতিবেশীরা একটি প্রেমময় ইহুদি পরিবার। হাস্যরস এবং ব্যঙ্গের একটি সূহ্ম অনুভূতি সহ, চলচ্চিত্রটি একটি শৈশবকে চিত্রিত করে যা স্বৈরাচার এবং অন্ধকারাচ্ছন্ন নাটকীয়তার মধ্যেও আলোকিত মুহূর্তগুলি খুঁজে নেয়।

Original Language

In a Syrian border village in the early ’80s, little Sero attends school for the first time. A new teacher has arrived with the goal of making strapping Panarabic comrades out of the Kurdish children. To enable paradise to come to earth, he uses the rod to forbid the Kurdish language, orders the veneration of Assad, and preaches hate of the Zionist enemy- the Jews. The lessons upset and confuse Sero because his long-time neighbors are a lovable Jewish family. With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film depicts a childhood that manages to find light moments between dictatorship and dark drama.

Mr. Mano Khalil

Mano Khalil was born in Kurdistan, Syria. He studied history and law at Damascus University. He further studied fiction film direction in former Czechoslovakia. He worked as an independent film director for Czechoslovakian and later for Slovakian Television. Since 1996, he has been living in Switzerland, working as an independent film director and producer.

Filmography: Neighbours Hafis & Mara (2018) Die Schwalbe (2016) The Beekeeper (2013) Our Garden of Eden (2010) David der Tolhildan (2007) Bunte Träume (2004) Triumph of Iron (1998)

Screening Schedule

  • 8 Mar
    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Bangladesh Film Archive

    F-5, Agargaon Administritive Area, Shere Bangla Nagar, Dhaka 1207

Credits and Casts

Director
Mano Khalil
Story
Mano Khalil
Script/Screenplay
Mano Khalil
Editor
Thomas Bachmann
Producer
Fränze Aerni, Mano Khalil
Cinematographer
Stéphane Kuthy
Leading Casts
Serhed Khalil, Jay Abdo, Jalal Altawil, Zirek, Mazin Alnatour, Bangen Ali, Heval Naif, Tuna Dwek, Ivan Anderson, Ismail Zagros

Exhibition & Award History

Camerimage 2021
Nominee
Golden Frog Directors' Debuts Competition
Mano Khalil

Popoli e Religioni Terni Film Festival 2021
Nominee
Jury Prize Best Film
Mano Khalil

Red Sea International Film Festival 2021
Winner
Best Feature Film Best Movie
Mano Khalil
Frame Film
Gangneung International Film Festival
Best Movie
Mano Khalil
Frame Film
San Francisco film critics awars 2021
Best Movie
Mano Khalil
Frame Film
Cinealma Film Festival
Winner
Best Script Award Best Film
Mano Khalil
Frame Film
Red Sea IFF best screenplay

Shanghai International Film Festival 2021
Nominee
Golden Goblet Best Film
Mano Khalil

Solothurn Film Festival (Solothurner Filmtage) 2021
Nominee
Prix de Soleure Best Film
Mano Khalil