Road Without End, The

The Road without End explores the problems of ordinary, small, helpless people who came to the big city from rural Turkey in search of a better life. The film investigates the problem of unemployment and whispers facts about the exploitation of labour -as much as it can due to the period's censure mechanisms. Part of the film's strength comes from the accurate way it portrays the urban workers markets, the human trafficers who exploit helplessness, the solidarity of the Anatolian people who have nothing to share but their poverty, and other aspects of a period of migration that resulted from the mentality that promessed a millionaire in every neighborhood. "The Road without End" was a pioneer in the sense that it contained scenes that were bolder than anything else in its time: the workers who fight to board a truck which will take them to a day's work, the human piles formed in those trucks, their turning against each other while they are confronted by the unsurmountable problems of city life. "The Road without End" is a realist and brave account of a small group of labourers who find themselves in extremely difficult conditions foreshadowing the gigantic proportions that the problem of migration would take in the future. Just like every other film who dared to speak up against oppression, "The Road without End" had to endure a long fight with the institutions of censure, thus deserving extra credit for taking part in the combat against the censuring authorities who have deeply affected the development of Turkish cinema. "The Road without End", which is one of the most important works in Duygu Sağıroğlu's filmography, is at the same time one of the most original films of the 1960 / 67 period, the golden age of Turkish cinema.
Turkey
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1965


Script
Duygu Sağıroğlu

Cinematography
Orhan Cagman

Editing
Turgut Inangiray

Production
Gen-Ar Film

Cast
Aliye Rona
Ayfer Feray
Erol Stone
Fikret Hakan
Selma Guneri
Tijen Par
Tuncel Kurtiz

Music
Arif Erkin

Festivals
8th Festival on Wheels
FROM THE TURKISH FILM ARCHIVE