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On the Way to School (2008)

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One year in the life of a Turkish teacher, teaching the Turkish language to Kurdish children in a remote village in Turkey. The children can't speak Turkish, the teacher can't speak Kurdish... See full summary »

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Özgür Dogan (as Ozgür Dogan), Orhan Eskiköy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emre Aydin Emre Aydin ... Emre
Rojda Huz Rojda Huz ... Rojda
Vehip Huz Vehip Huz ... Vehip Huz
Zulkuf Huz Zulkuf Huz ... Zülküf
Samuel Sadovnik ... Sam (voice)
Zulkuf Yildirim Zulkuf Yildirim ... Zülküf
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One year in the life of a Turkish teacher, teaching the Turkish language to Kurdish children in a remote village in Turkey. The children can't speak Turkish, the teacher can't speak Kurdish and is forced to become an exile in his own country. On the Way to School is a film about a Turkish teacher who is alone in a village as an authority of the state, and about his interaction with the Kurdish children who have to learn Turkish. The film witnesses the communication problem emphasizing the loneliness of a teacher in a different community and culture; and the changes brought up by his presence into this different community during one year. The film chronicles one school year, starting from September 2007 until the departure of the teacher for summer holiday in June 2008. During this period, they begin to know and understand each other mutually and slowly. Written by Ozgur Dogan

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Genres:

Documentary | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Turkey | Netherlands

Language:

Turkish | Kurdish

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskolába menet See more »

Filming Locations:

Sanliurfa, Turkey

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR209,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$399,914
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color
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very touching
23 February 2012 | by asliunurSee all my reviews

The movie is very natural and very touching. This is a lesson for everyone to see the real life not fantasy and not worthless, meaningless beliefs. It objectively shows the language problem in east side, how teachers try to do their job in very tough conditions, how children survive in touch village life. I felt like I was at school watching the moves of people. I once had been in east side of Turkey and this is the real life there. The lead role is the teacher Emre Aydin and he is very good. He also represents a man from west village side of Turkey, Denizli. I did not get bored even a minute, highly recommend you to watch it.


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