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Journey to the Sun (1999)

Günese Yolculuk (original title)
Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is ... See full summary »

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Yesim Ustaoglu

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Yesim Ustaoglu

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Credited cast:
Nazmi Kirik Nazmi Kirik ... Berzan (as Nazmi Qirix)
Newroz Baz Newroz Baz ... Mehmet
Mizgin Kapazan ... Arzu
Ara Güler Ara Güler ... Süleyman Bey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucia Marano ... Sexy girl
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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girl friend, Arzu. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan is killed in a street protest triggered by a hunger strike, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan's home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees. Written by Maple-2

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Turkey | Netherlands | Germany

Language:

Turkish | Kurdish | Dutch

Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,391, 11 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,391, 11 February 2001
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a tender treatment of a heady subject matter
28 April 2000 | by morningsiderSee all my reviews

yesim ustaoglu's crafted a beautiful, touching film that deals with the heady (and taboo) subject of turkish oppression of the kurds. without resorting to sentimentality or polemic, she's created tender characters who are not mere stand-ins for a political idea. mehmet's gradual realization of the kurdish reality in his own country starts out with his own stint in the police station (when he gets taken for a kurd because of his dark looks) and ends with an actual journey to the eastern part of the country where he witnesses firsthand the devastation that the government's "undeclared" war has wrought on the largely kurdish peasant population. the film is beautifully shot and despite its heavy subject matter, it is a joy to watch the largely unprofessional cast against the bustling cityscape of istanbul, and the plain beauty of the barren hills of southeastern anatolia.


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