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Date of Event: 18/12/2020

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: Online

Director: Sami MERMER and Hend BENCHEKROUN

Country: Canada

Production Year: 2019

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan,

is pleased to invite you to watch online the documentary movie


On Friday 18th of December 2020 at 7 PM (Local Time)

Followed by a virtual discussion with the director Sami Mermer

The link to watch the film will be shared on our social media platforms

and it can only be viewed in Jordan


Sami MERMER and Hend BENCHEKROUN, 100 min, Documentary, In Turkish/ Kurdish and French with English subtitles, Canada, 2019

In the middle of Turkish Anatolia is a Kurdish village, Xalko. Filmmaker Sami Mermer who, like so many others, has emigrated to the West, returns to visit the place where he was born. He finds Xalko populated mainly by women, with just a few men, those who remained.

With co-director Hind Benchekroun, he introduces us to the “flip side” of migration. “Xalko” chronicles a way of life threatened by the exodus, while also being a poignant portrait of strong women living without men.

The film has received the Award of Excellence in the New Asian Currents Awards category at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, the Gold Leaf for the Best Feature film at Duhok International Film Festival, Prix à la diffusion 2M at PriMed Film Festival, Jury Special Mention at Documenta Madrid and Special Mention at the International Women Film Festival of Sale.

Film Trailer