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

 -  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 ...
Meryem
Emin Sivas ...
Mehmet Ali
Erdinç Akbas ...
Adama
Yaman Okay ...
Türkmen
Yasar Güner ...
Haci Baba (as Yasar Gner)
Hseyin Mete ...
Selçuk
Yaman Tarcan ...
Ilyas
Selahattin Firat ...
Grandfather
Meryem Çaki ...
Grandmother
Mustafa ...
Children
Mehmet ...
Children
Fatma ...
Children
Sükran ...
Children
Zeynep ...
Children
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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Without a hint of schmaltz
21 March 2006 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Journey of Hope" (Turkish, 1991): A strong, clear, direct, honest, and sad film, without a hint of schmaltz. Join a contemporary Kurd family trying to leave Turkey for the perceived "paradise" of Switzerland (based on a postcard they get from a family member). Their journey is not spectacular, it is common, and in its commonness, we see its power. It is easy to forget you are watching actors that are not actually caught in these circumstances. "Journey of Hope" was given the Academy Award for Best Foreign film – and it was deserved. You'll probably have some things to discuss with your kids after-wards, if you watch it together…and I think you should.


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