Original Name: Nachbarn
English Name: Neighbours
Year: 2021
Run Time: 124 min
Language: Kurdish, Arabic, Hebrew, EnglishMongolian and Korean
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Switzerland, Kurdistan
Director: Mano Khalil
Producer: Mano Khalil
Cast: Serhad Khalil. Jay Abdo, Jalal Altawil, Tuna Dwek, Heval Naif, Zirek, Mazen Alnatour
Screenplay: Mano Khalil
Cinematographer: Stéphane Kuthy
Editor: Thomas Bachmann
Sound Designer: Mourad Keller
Music Composer: Mario Batkovic
Costume Designer: Linda Harper, Gulsan Ozer
Production Designer: Sara B. Weingart
Production Company: Frame Film
World Sales: Frame Film
World Sales Phone: 0041788328473
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  • Locarno IFF 2021
  • Shanghai IFF 2021
  • Cameraimage IFF 2021
  • Hof IFF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Hafis & Mara (Doc)
  • 2016 The Swallow
  • 2013 The Beekeeper (Doc)
  • 2010 Our garden of Eden (Doc)

Director’s Biography:

Mano Khalil

Mano Khalil is a Kurdish–Syrian film director. Having studied history and law at Damascus University, he moved to Czechoslovakia in 1987 to study film directing. Between 1990 and 1995 he worked as an independent film director for Czechoslovak and later Slovak Television. Since 1996 he has lived in Switzerland. His documentary, The Beekeeper, was screened during the 2015 Human Rights Arts & FF in Melbourne, Australia. The Swallow is his first feature fiction film.


In a little village on the Syrian-Turkish border in the early 80s, six-year-old Sero experiences his first year in an Arab school and sees how his world is radically changed by nationalism. While his new teacher preaches hate of the Jewish enemy, Sero struggles to accept those teachings because of his long-time neighbours, a loving Jewish family. Inspired by the director’s personal experience, this satirical film depicts a childhood that manages to find light moments between dictatorship and dark drama, connecting his memories of the Syrian tragedy to the present.