On the Way to School

Orhan Eskiköy & Ozgur Dogan, Turkey, 2008

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.

Festivals and Awards:

 Turkish Film Critics' Prize at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, 2009 

 EDN Talent Grant at the 15th Sarajevo Film Festival and the Grand Jury Yilmaz Guney Priz, 2009

 Best First Film Award at the National Feature Film Competition at the 46th Antalya Film Festival, 2009

 Best Documentary Award at the Dubai Film Festival, 2009 

 Premiere in IDFA, 2008

 Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA), 2008

 Sundance Documentary Fund - Development and production grant, 2008


 Amnesty international & Taco Ruighaver


On the Way to School- Trailer
On the Way to School / Orhan Eskiköy & Ozgur Dogan
On the Way to School / Orhan Eskiköy & Ozgur Dogan