Social issues - Completed 2019

A group of youngsters departs from Western Turkey into middle of a battlefield Northern Syria, following an utopia. This film follows their path, which wouldn't reach their final destination. Why they went?

& Awards

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2019
First Lights
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Road movie, Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 63 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mustafa Emin BUYUKCOSKUN
    • Producer(s)
    • Arzu DEMIR (BEKSAV)
    • Synopsis
    • Set Off is the story of 33 young people, who dreamed for another journey and took a road, which never reached to destiny. Following their path, at the shadow of their ghosts and memoirs, this film is an exercise about how and what to tell, after an unmourned disaster; a journey parallel to theirs, daydreaming in the middle of a conflict zone, where landscape deconstructs power regimes.

      In summer 2015, a group of youngsters from Western Turkey organized a humanitarian aid campaign, to help to the reconstruction of the city of Kobane in northern Syria. damaged heavily after the defence of ISIS. Their journey was more than an aid campaign, but a symbolical bridge between Turkish and Kurdish societies, during still ongoing peace negotiations. Their journey ended at border town Suruç, across Kobane, where an ISIS militant exploded himself and killed 33 of them. The massacre of Suruç was not an attack against the brotherhood between two people, but also a signal for the coming storm, a bloody turmoil in Turkey. To Go focuses not on this particular event, but the moral and motivation of those youngsters to attend this journey. What moved them from their comfortable milieus? How did they decide to go?

      The project is realised in four years, as a part of a wide scale oral history and visual memory project, with the survivors and witnesses of the massacre, but also the relatives of the lost ones. Over than hundred and fifty interviews were held, by a small crew with no budget, under the curfew and state of emergency conditions. The film is a co-production between Turkey and Germany, where post-production and editing were realised.