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Cinema Extraordinaire
I Saw the Sun

I Saw the Sun

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Günesi gördüm
Tyrkia / 2009 / 120 min
DIRECTOR:
Mashun Kirmizigül
From Kurdistan to Bergen – and back again?

In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village which has been plagued by war for 25 years, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war escalates, the family is forced to migrate west to the city of Istanbul. While Haydar and Isa Altun decide to stay in Turkey with their young children, Davut Altun and his family migrate north to Norway, enlisting the help of smugglers. Will they be welcomed and successfully integrated in Bergen?

Mashun Kirmizigül

Mashun Kirmizigül (b. 1969), of Kurdi ancestry, is a big man in the Turkish entertainment industry. He has had great sucsess in his country as artist, actor, music producer and now film director. Kirmizigül made his debut in the directors chair with THE WHITE ANGEL (2007), which became the most seen movie in Turkey that year. I SAW THE SUN is his second feature, and adresses the Kurdi issues in Turkey.