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Xalko Sami Mermer, Hind Benchekroun

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Xalko, the birthplace of director Sami Mermer, is a Kurdish village in the heart of Turkish Anatolia. The filmmaker, now living in the West, like so many others, visits his birthplace. He finds Xalko peopled largely with women, along with only a few men who decided to stay. With his codirector, Hind Benchekroun, he shows us “the other side” of migration. Thanks to the directors’ closeness to the people they film, Xalko becomes a chronicle of a way of life threatened by exodus, as well as a powerful portrait of strong women living their lives without men. A homecoming becomes an opportunity for a community to confront the culpability of those who left, and the bitterness – often expressed through sardonic humour – of those who have worked themselves to the bone to keep the village going. (ACO)

Xalko

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : Kurdish, Turkish
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 100 MIN
  • Cinematography : Sami Mermer
  • Editing : René Roberge
  • Production : Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer
  • Sound Design : Martin Allard
Filmography of Sami Mermer :

La boîte de Lanzo (2006)
Les tortues ne meurent pas de vieillesse (2010)
Callshop Istanbul (2016)

Filmography of Hind Benchekroun :

La petite fille d'avant (2003)
Taxi Casablanca (2008)
Les tortues ne meurent pas de vieillesse (2010)
Callshop Istanbul (2016)

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