Director: Orhan Eskikoy, Ozgur Dogan (Turkey)
Both graduated from the Faculty of Com- munication at Ankara University. In 2001, they co-directed their first documentary Each Dream Is a Shattered Mirror, which was of- ficially selected for the IDFA First Appearance and the Cinema du Reel Documentary Film Festival. They continued their collaboration on both Suffering (2003) and Together (2006), before making On the Way to School.
Recently graduated primary teacher Emre has been sent to run a remote school in Turkish Kurdistan. He arrives to discover a village with no running water, a somewhat relaxed approach to school attendance and pupils who only speak Kurdish, a language fervently prohibited by the Turkish government. Filmed over one year, this is a gentle observation of Emre and his class as they struggle to come to terms with one another's customs.