David the Tolhildan’ at Emirates Film Festival
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 from 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.
Will be shown at a cinema in Bern
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.
studied in History and Law at DamascusUniversity
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
Devrim Kilic – Melbourne – 13/02/2007
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