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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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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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Documentary | Drama

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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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Budget:

€209,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

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Color
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Best Turkish documentary ever
13 April 2011 | by grammatheoldestSee all my reviews

I can hardly keep myself not to say "best Turkish FILM ever"... This is a graphically decent film and there's almost no artificial element in it. But above all, due to its direct and minimal approach, the film is making the very core of the South-Eastern Anatolia problem visible, namely "lack of communication". Eastern and Western parts of the country don't know their native languages and they simply cannot communicate. (Film is also making clear which side oblige to learn the other's language.) Another very important point about the documentary in my opinion is its being a test film for the audience. Because it is hard to believe that any "human being" has difficulty to enter in this film and feel belong with while watching it, since childhood is a universal drama in itself, and everyone once was a child himself/herself.


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