The Royal Film Commission –
to invite you to watch online the documentary movie
18th of December 2020 at 7 PM (Local Time)
a virtual discussion with the director Sami Mermer
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.