In a village on the Turkish-Syrian border in the 1980s, little Sero begins his first year of school, jokes with friends, dreams of having a television to watch cartoons and also witnesses how the adults around him are overcome by nationalist despotism and violence. A new teacher from Damascus arrives at the school, his goal is to turn Kurdish children into pan-Arab comrades, prohibit the Kurdish language and preach hatred of Jews, the “Zionist enemies”. These classes upset little Sero, since his neighbors and lifelong friends are a Jewish family. Mano Khalil portrays with a subtle sense of humor and much satire Sero’s childhood during the Assad dictatorship, and extends to the current situation in Syria.
Switzerland, France 2021
Nasima Aldaher, Serhed Khalil, Jay Abdo, Derya Uygurlar, Tuna Dwek, Jalal Altawil
Thursday 14/10 – 17.00h
Wednesday 20/10 – 20.00h