Filmed in Turkey, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria and Greece, I Saw The Sun was written and directed by Mahsun Kirmizigül and produced by Murat Tokat. Line production services in Norway and Scandinavia were provided by Vidar Trellevik, and a team of crew based in Western Norway.
In the film a mountain village, perched on the border between two worlds, is the home for the Altun family. But with the introduction of forced migration policies, the family finds itself wrenched from the village.
This is the story of a relocation from east to west, of two brothers that go on opposite sides in a Turkish-Kurdish conflict.
Haydar and Isa Altun arrive with their respective families in Istanbul, where they decide to stay. But Davut Altun, his wife, and children set their sights further afield and travel on to Norway.
The film is based on the real-life stories of six underprivileged children, spanning a period of 25 years. The film recounts the experiences of three families as they struggle to find their feet in alien surroundings. It is a film that condemns all of discrimination or otherization, and argues that war, fighting and contempt for anyone unlike oneself are the very problem itself.
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