Filmmaker Sami Mermer returns to his Kurdish village in Turkey to investigate the exodus from an opposite angle, revealing its often hidden face: the impact on the village and on the lives of those who remain. With privileged access to the local inhabitants, almost entirely of resilient matriarchs and daughters of families whose men also defected Westward, “Xalko” presents itself as a cameo-film, offering a delicate carved relief portrait of a place that resists disintegration to the ravages of time. (RIDM)
Hind Benchekroun, Sami Mermer
Sami Mermer and Hind Benchekroun are longtime collaborators: "Xalko" is the third documentary feature film in which they share the direction. The duo belongs to a generation of Quebecois filmmakers with immigrant backgrounds, who through an auto-ethnographic approach decided to focus their lens on their territories of origin, reflecting on human migration and its impact on the preservation of traditional cultures.