Journey to the Moon (Aya Seyahat)

Journey to the Moon poster


Moscow International Film

Festival Perspectives 2009


Antalya Golden Orange Film

Festival 2009

BFI 53rd London

Film Festival 2009

2nd Annual Migrating

Forms Festival

Anthology Film Archives

New York 2010

Film Werkstaff Düsseldorf

June 2010

Routes Award

Public Programme

Brussels and Rotterdam

February 2011


This whimsical documentary style film set in the Erzincan province of Eastern Turkey, tells the tale of a small group of misfits who in 1957 tried to escape their village by flying to the moon. The story is spun using narration over ‘found’ photographs interspersed with commentary by various prominent, contemporary scientists and intellectuals. The themes of alienation and isolation, creativity and identity are discussed in the context of modernization projects, specifically education reforms, and the legacy of these earnest ventures on contemporary Turkish culture. This film was inspired by Ataman’s photography exhibition series, Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, which questioned the authenticity of history by highlighting its man-made origin. ~ The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks

Speakers: Rüstem Arslan, Murat Belge, Seçkin Dindar, Sibel Eraslan, Nilüfer Göle, Mahir Kaynak, Etyen Mahçupyan, Turgay Oğur, Atilla Özgüç, Özge Samancı, Bülent Somay, Emel Yıldız

Director: Kutluğ Ataman

Cast: Metin Alagaş, Gözde Aran, Ahmet Aslan, Ahmet İlhan, İlhan Kaya, Kemal Okumuş, Gülseren Özbakır, Ahmet Polat

Length: 107 minutes

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