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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Neighbours Nachbarn

Drama

Screening Information

October 23, 7:00 pm
In-person
Leah Posluns Theatre
October 24 – October 26
Online
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Switzerland
Year 2021
Running Time 124 MIN
Languages Kurdish, Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitles English
Director Mano Khalil

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Description

AN ENCORE CHANCE TO SEE THE TJFF2022 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Neighbours has won 43 international awards and counting, including in — Belgium, Poland, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Russia, Argentina, India, and South Korea. Inspired by his memories of growing up in a Kurdish village on the Syrian-Turkish border, director Mano Khalil highlights the plight of the Kurdish people through the eyes of a sensitive child. Sero’s carefree childhood comes to an end on the first day of school when the new Syrian teacher forbids him from speaking Kurdish. Students are taught that Jews are the enemy, a concept at odds with Sero’s warm relationship with his Jewish neighbours. Seen through the eyes of a child, the teacher’s attempts at indoctrination seem more absurd than dangerous and lend the film a gentle satiric edge.

Presented in partnership with:

Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

 

Presentation Details

In-Person Screening Leah Poslun Theatre, Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St.
Free parking available
Ticket Price $15
Reviews "A tale with a remarkably upbeat tone through much of it…(it) pays tribute to community and persistence." — Variety
Neighbours is an important humanistic work and a stunning achievement.” — Jewish Film Review
“A cinematically stunning, deeply unsettling film that is at once brutal and satiric, and at moments even magical.” — Forward
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