RegiaMano Khalil

CreditiFeature film


Lingua minoritariaKurdí


A small village between Syria and Turkey in the early ’80s: a six-year-old Kurdish boy experiences his first year in an Arabic school and witnesses how his small world is radically altered by absurd nationalism. With a keen sense of humor and satire, the film depicts a childhood that, amidst dictatorship and dark dramas, also has its lighter moments.


Mano Khalil was born in 1964 in Syrian Kurdistan. He studied History and Law at the University of Damascus and in 1987 he moved to Czechoslovakia to study film. He worked for Slovak television until 1996 when he relocated to Switzerland. It is here that he solidified his career as a documentary filmmaker, and in 2012, he founded his own production company, Frame Film. In 2021, Neighbours had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.