‘David the Tolhildan’ at Emirates Film Festival

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Devrim Kilic
  • 13/02/2007 00:00:00

Melbourne (KurdishMedia.com) 13 February 2007: David the Tolhildan, the documentary film of Kurdish director Mano Khalil will be shown at 6th International Emirates Film Festival in the competition section. The Emirates International Film Festival is organized by Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates and held the 7th to the 13th of March 2007. “David the Tolhildan” is a portrait of David Rouiller, a young Swiss man who joined the Kurdish freedom movement, PKK, five years ago. Rouiller, the son of a university Professor and a former President of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, gave up a comfortable and safe existence in Switzerland, and the amenities of a western lifestyle, to commit his life and strength to the ideals of the Kurdish freedom fight. Is he an adventurer, a dreamer, an idealist, a hero? Is his commitment visionary or illusory? The film "David the Tolhildan" encourages viewers to confront their own outlook on oppression, respect, human dignity, freedom and violence. It also provides an impressive, realistic and up-to-date view of the current situation of the Kurdish freedom movement.

Mano Khalil’s documentary was invited several festivals before such as 4th London Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin Kurdish Film Festival, Swiss Solothurner Film Festival. In 2006 and in Janyary 2007. David the Tolhildan was also showed at several cinemas in across Switzerland and will be shown at Bern Schlachthaus Theater on 18th, 19th and 20th February at 19.30 and 21.00. The documentary goes for 54 minutes and written and directed by Mano Khalil. The music of the documentary belongs to the famous Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer and it is a SF Swiss TV production. Visit http://www.efilmc.com to get more information about the festival.

Mano Khalil is a Kurd from Kurdistan in Syria and studied in History and Law at Damascus University between 1981-1986 then went to former Czechoslovakia.to study in Fiction Film Direction between 1987-1994. Khalil worked as an independent film director for Czechoslovakian and later for the Slovakian Television. Since 1996 he lives in Switzerland and works as an independent film director. Mano Khalil has directed many films most of them documentaries. Below is his filmography:

1988 - Oh world!, 16mm, 11Min.

1989 - My pain, My hope, 16 mm, 15 min.

1990 - Embassy, 16mm, 22 Min.

1991 - Oh father, 35mm, 21 min.(School films)

1990 - My God 16mm, 20Min.Czechoslovakian TV.

1993 – The Place Where God Sleeps, 16mm, 30Min. (Khalil won 1. Price in the Independent International film festival of Augsburg – in Germany

1995 - Kino-ocko (Kino eye) 16mm, 20Min Slovak TV.

1998 - Triumph of Iron. Beta SP, 31min. (This film won UBS Acknowledgement Price in Solothurner Filmtage Switzerland and was nominated for the Swiss Film price in 2000, in the category of best short film.

2001 - Script Gala. Price for the script development of the Swiss Author Society – at Locarno Film festival.

2003 - Colorful Dreams. 60.Min 35 mm. co-production Swiss TV (Colofrul Dreams won best Music Film prise at Canton Bern

2005 - Al-Anfal, "in the name of Allah, Baath and Saddam" 52 min. Digi Beta co-production with Swiss TV.

2006 - David the Tolhildan, Digi-beta. Co production with Swiss TV.

Mano Khalill is currently working on 2 fiction films titled Gala and Sînemê respectively.

Devrim Kilic is the editor in chief of www.kurdishcinema.org www.kurdishcinema.com and a KurdishMedia.com writer. He is a Kurd from northern Kurdistan and lives in Australia.

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Devrim Kilic
  • 13/02/2007 00:00:00