Journey of Hope (1990)
"Reise der Hoffnung" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  26 April 1991 (USA)
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The story of a turkish poor family who tries to emigrate illegaly to Switzerland.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Necmettin Çobanoglu ...
Haydar Sener
Nur Sürer ...
Emin Sivas ...
Mehmet Ali
Erdinç Akbas ...
Yaman Okay ...
Yasar Güner ...
Haci Baba (as Yasar Gner)
Hseyin Mete ...
Yaman Tarcan ...
Selahattin Firat ...
Meryem Çaki ...
Mustafa ...
Mehmet ...
Fatma ...
Sükran ...
Zeynep ...


In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave their seven children in the care of the eldest and his parents; his father advises him to take one son to be educated in Europe, as economic insurance. The three set off for Istanbul, Milan, and Switzerland, stowing away on a ship. At Lake Como, they pay the rest of their money to unprincipled men who abandon them at an Alpine pass before a blizzard. Father and son are separated from Meryem. Will anyone reach the land of promise? Written by <>

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$261,718 (USA)

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[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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A must see!
6 March 2011 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

This is as powerful as a drama can possibly get! It's a story that in real life has probably repeated itself over and over again. The origin of the people may have changed. The location of their treacherous journey may have changed. But essentially, the drama remains the same, be it 20 years ago in the Swiss Alps, or today somewhere in the Mediterranean between Northern Africa and Italy.

Those fleeing from Political turmoil, from war or simply from poverty, will do anything to find a better life, and hope is what is driving them. And along the way they are more than likely to come across scrupulous criminals whose sole interest is to make money out of the misery of those poor souls trying to find "paradise".

I cannot think of a movie that would portray this better than "Journey Of Hope". It's extremely powerful and comes across as very believable all the way. No wonder, as the story repeats itself in reality time and time again. Only the outcome may vary.

I can only recommend this film!

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