On the Way to School

Synopsis: 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.
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81 min

- Welcome, teacher!

- Thanks, Mehmet. Thank you.

- See you, man. Take care.

- You too.

- Welcome, teacher!

- Thanks.

The place is crawling with ants.

Look at them.

I hate them.

- Hello? - Hello. What are you up to?

- I'm fine, Mum. I got to the village.

- You don't sound fine.

- I'm just a bit tired.

- Are you ill?

- No.

I'm just tired.

- Did you get everything that you need?

- Yes, I did.

- Okay, talk to you later.

- Okay.

Okay. Okay, mum.

Good bye.

- Hello? - Hello.

- What are you up to, mum?

Hey, get lost!

There's nothing here.

Nothing at all.

Okay, I knew I was

coming to a village.

I knew I'd be sent to a village.

But I didn't expect it to be this bad.

I thought at least I'd have water.

I even don't have water.

Is that the imam?

I can't tell them apart.

They all look the same.

- Selam aleykum.

- Aleykum selam. Welcome.

- Welcome, teacher

- Thanks.

- How are you? Are you fine?

- Fine thanks. How are you?

- Where are you from, teacher?

- Denizli. - Denizli? Good.

- What is your name?

- Emre.

What did you request from,

Chief? Like water?

I don't have running water.

It's my first time in the east so,

everything is kind of strange. Why?

Because I grew up in the west,

in big apartment blocks.

- I had everything I wanted on tap.

- It'll be tough on you then.

- Well, it's bound to be a bit tough.

- You can't be without water.

- If you'll excuse us now, teacher...

- See you again. Nice to meet you.

- You'll slowly get used to it.

- I have already. Today's my eighth day.

- Hopefully you'll get more used to it.

- Hopefully. Have a good day!

- Don't you know, Bedriye?

- No. - Ceylan?


Well, where do they live?

Come on, let's go. Take me there.

- Okay.

- Let's go then.

Zulkuf's house is over there.

I think there is nobody at home.

And sure enough there isn't.

There is nobody

at this house, too.

There is no one at home.

- So, do you know anyone else? What?

- I have to go to pee.

Go on then.

Off you go.

- Is this where Sedat lives? - Yes.

- Do you know where they are?

- At the tomato fields.

- Did they go to the tomato fields? - Yes.

[KURDISH] Vehip!

Where's your dad?

[KURDISH] - I don't know.

- No? Where's your mum then?


Mum's gone collecting cow dung.

- What about Sabri?

- Sorry? - Sabri?

Sabri's collecting cow dung, too.

- They're not here either, teacher.

- They're not?

Vehip, why didn't you

come to school?

- Do you know Turkish?

- No.

- Ask why he didn't come to school. I told them

last night. - Why didn't you go to school?

Why didn't you go to school?

I'm not registered.

He says he's not registered.

I spoke with chief last night.

It's not a problem.

- I said he should come.

- He says registration is not important.

Why didn't you go?

- Go tomorrow, Okay?

- Okay.

- Can't he come in the afternoon?

- No, he'll come tomorrow.

- Tomorrow. - Yes, he must come tomorrow.

- Go tomorrow, Okay? - Okay.

Let me get you a trouser.

That's enough.

Okay, listen to me!

Is this your first year, too?

Separate a little.

First-years over here.

Second-years here.

Third-years here, fourth-years

there and fifth-years over there.

Okay, never mind

about the fifth years.

All right?

- Good morning, kids.

- Thanks.

Sit down then.

- How are you all?

- We're fine. How are you?

I'm fine too, thanks.

My name's Emre.

And my surname's Aydn.

I'm from Denizli, by the way.

I've come here

all the way from Denizli.

I haven't taught before.

This is my first year.

And it turns out to be with you.

This is my first year, as a teacher.

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