THE BOY WHO STOPPED TALKING

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Director: Ben Sombogaart
Cast: Ercan Orhan, Halsho Hussain, Brader Musiki.
Netherlands 1997 / 108m
Kirmanji and Dutch with English subtitles.
Anyone who’s ever experienced the upheaval and sadness that comes with leaving the place you’ve called home will appreciate the charm and candour of this heartfelt family tale. For young Memo, the concept of “home” is particularly significant since he’s a Kurd, a minority constantly in search of a homeland and frequently dispossessed of the claims they stake. Memo is perfectly content with his village life: goofing around with his best friend Mustafa, tending the sheep and working as the local postman. But when Memo’s father, Hüsnü, suddenly returns from Holland, Memo’s life changes forever.

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