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Corrected date: Young Actor Charms in Riveting True Story Neighbours
Winner, Jury Prize, San Francisco Film
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival,
In this powerful dramatic film set in the early 1980s,
Jews, Kurds, and Arabs live as neighbors in their Syrian village,
sharing similar problems and supporting each other. It is only when a
teacher from Damascus comes to the village, spreading the regime’s
propaganda, that mistrust begins. Central to the imported propaganda
is incitement against the Jews and the suppression of Kurdish
culture, especially its language. The film is based on the
director’s experience and is told from the viewpoint of the charming
young actor who plays six-year-old Sero.