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Journey of Hope (1990)

Reise der Hoffnung (original title)
PG | | Drama | 26 April 1991 (USA)
The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

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$261,718 (USA)

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Switzerland's official submission to the 1991's Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »


[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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Hardships & Inspiration
11 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How many Turkish movies have you seen? This was my first. I found this movie a little better than "fair." The story was a bit depressing but the cinematography was very good. There was some beautiful night-time photography.

It's the story of a Kurdish man and his wife making a trip, with one of their seven children, to Switzerland in order to find a better life. Hardships abound, thanks to unscrupulous "sympathizers" and they wind up having to travel on foot with other people over the long journey. That journey includes walking up and over snowy mountains.

A tough but inspiring story, which is what it was meant to me.

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