Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (SVJFF)

Closing Night: Neighbours

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Six-year-old Sero and his family live in a Kurdish community near the Syrian/Turkish border in the early 1980s. Sero is extremely fond of his neighbors, the last Jewish family in a village where Jews and Kurds once coexisted peacefully but where rising tensions have caused all the other Jews to flee. When he begins his first year of Arabic school, Sero is inundated with the fiery nationalism of a new teacher who demands that the Arabic language replace Kurdish in the home and propagates anti-Semitism to his impressionable charges. Sero struggles to resist the dangerous ideology, while his fellow students embrace these ideas to the detriment of the warmhearted Jews they’ve lived alongside all their lives.


  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    124 minutes
  • Language
    Kurdish, Arabic, English, Hebrew
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Director
    Mano Khalil