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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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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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More than a film...
12 September 2019 | by afsinkumSee all my reviews

This is more than just a film, this is the most clear and to-the point story about the very essence of Kurdish question in Turkey, state not recognizing the language of its 10 million citizens, and Kurdish children are forced to learn a foreign language first, so that they can learn how to read and write. The teacher comes from the west of Turkey, does not speak a word of Kurdish and tries hard to communicate with children. He does not have a preparation of any education in teaching Turkish as a foreign language, he just keeps improvising. It should be seen by everybody in Turkey, who wonder why Kurds keep demanding education in native language.


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