Film Info: MESH (WALKING)

MESH (WALKING)

MESH (WALKING)
Scene from WALKING (photo © Sel Film & Sifilm)

Xelilo, a disturbed man, lives in an abandoned store and walks endlessly through the streets of a Kurdish village in the south east of Turkey. He is curiously being noticed by Cengo, a 12-year-old boy, living more or less happily under poor conditions with his friends and family, selling chewing gum for a living. Cautiously they become friends and Cengo leads him to the meeting point under the German bridge, where the children live through carefree moments. When the Turkish military takes power in 1980, a curfew is imposed on the city. The life of Xelilo and the other Kurds is endangered. Who are the winners and losers in this conflict?


Shiar Abdi was born in 1973 in Zamar/Iraq. Raised in Syria, he left his home at the age of 20 and went to the Netherlands. In 2005 he moved to Germany to study Film. His shorts have been screened at numerous international festivals. His films include: the shorts MISTEK AX (2006), SARA (2007), JAN DEUTSCH (documentary, 2008), THE SURPRISE (2008) and his feature debut MESH (WALKING) (2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Shiar Abdi
Screenplay Shiar Abdi, Selamo
Cinematography Ercan Özkan
Cast Selamo, Abdullah Ado, Murat Elmas, Nujiyan Kilgi, M. Salih Kilgi, Tülay Musiki, Felemez Tokay, Brader Musiki, Ruges Kirici
Producer Selamo
Production Companies Sifilm/Bonn, Sel Film/Istanbul, in co-production with SoundVision/Cologne, Sim Produktion/Diyarbakir
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, Blu-ray, HDCAM, color, cs
Original Version
 Turkish, Kurdish
Subtitled Versions English, French, German
Festivals Istanbul 2011, Busan 2011, Antalya Golden Orange 2011, Kolkata 2011, Sao Paulo 2012

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