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The boy who stopped talking

Memo is a nine-year old Kurdish boy, who lives in Eastern Turkey with his mother and little sister. When war threatens the region where Memo is living, his father decides to permanently relocate the family to the Netherlands, where he works. Memo doesn‘t want to leave his beloved village, so after he has arrived in the Netherlands, Memo begins his own unique protest against the forced move: he stops talking.

 

Crew

Screenplay: Lou Brouwers
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Broadcaster: KRO, IKON en BRTN
D.O.P.: Piotr Kukla
Executive Producer: Rens Oomens
Gaffer: Jacco Post
Sound: Erik Langhout
Production design: Michel de Graaf
Costume Design: Vera de Jong en Mariëlla Devos
Make-up & Hair: Iris Bakker
Editor: Herman P. Koerts
Sound Design: Peter Flamman
Music: Nizamettin Aric
 

Cast

 
Erçan Ohran
Louis Ates
Brader Musiki
Lava Sulayman
Husna Killi
Celil Toks
Halso Huassain
Shielan Muhammed
Heleen Hummelen
 

Prizes

 
1996 - Prix Henri Langlois, Unicef Award (Germany)
1997 - Prix de la poste & Prix C.I.F.E.J. (Laon, France)
1997 - Grand Prix & Award for the best Screenplay - Cannes Junior (France)
1997 - Silver Poznan Goat & Marcinek Award - International Children's Festival Poznan (Poland)
1997 - Award of Excellence, Unicef - "Flicks" Festival (Canada)
1997 - Grand Prix, Prix Danube and C.I.F.E.J. Award (Slovakia)
1997 - Unicef Award Kinderkast - Cinekid
1998 - Innovation Award - Prix Jeunesse (Germany); 1998 - ASN ADO Prijs (The Netherlands)
1998 - Special Unesco Price - Prix Jeunesse (Germany)
1999 - Winner Prix Sky Rock - Public Festival Essonne (France)
1999 - Winnner Prix Henri Langlois - Festival International Acteurs, Tours (France)
1999 - Audience Award - International Love Film Festival (Belgium)