Ralph J. Poole
Unsichtbarer Kurde und schwarzer Türke. Günese Yolculuk (Reise zur Sonne) und das neue europäisch-türkische Kino
Günese Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun) marks a new development in the new Turkish cinema: at once openly dealing with internal ethnic problems, it also paves the way to international networking and cooperating. This highly aesthetic film provides a hopeful vision of a Turkish nation finally acknowledging its largest, but oppressed minority: the Kurds. Starting out as a portrait of the hybrid, Arabesk urban culture of Istanbul, the film subtly evolves into an elegiac road movie taking the viewer on a spectacular trip to Anatolia. By foregrounding the supposedly »dark« ethnicity of the Kurds through the focus on intercultural romance and interethnic friendship, Günese Yolculuk deals with and goes against widespread prejudice, politically sanctioned discrimination, and cultural amnesia.