37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


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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 neighbors, 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. Introduction by Ilya Tovbis (VAFF)

This is a foreign-language film presented with English subtitles.

This film is part of the Jewish and Israeli Film Series.


Sunday, October 31


7:30 PM


Violet Crown 4

Film Info

Director: Mano Khalil

Runtime: 124 min.

Year: 2021

Country: Switzerland

Language: Kurdish, Arabic, Hebrew, English

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Jay Abdo, Sherzad Abdullah, Abdeslam Suleiman Abed.