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

Neighbours People's Choice Award - Encore Screening


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Screening Information

July 5, 9:30 pm
Distillery District (Lavazza Inclucity Festival)

Film Details

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

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Official Selection, Berlinale Film Festival.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Mons International Film Festival.

“A cinematically stunning, deeply unsettling film that is at once brutal and satiric, and at moments even magical.” - Forward

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.

Your movie tickets include: Lavazza Coffee, Campari Cocktail, Masi Wine as well as food sampling from various sponsors!

* all tickets are sold and managed by ICFF / Lavazza IncluCity Festival

Presentation Details

Reviews “Neighbours is an important humanistic work and a stunning achievement.” - Jewish Film Review
"A tale with a remarkably upbeat tone through much of it…(it) pays tribute to community and persistence." - Variety