Very. I met the affected families. A family from Germany that I know of, even asked me for help. Her 17-year-old son went to go to Syria in the war. In this specific case, the trigger for my research was. I wanted to know how it can happen, that a young, built-Muslim can be radical.

it amazed me even. He is born and raised in Germany. Even in the third generation of Immigrants.

His father and his uncle followed him. On the Turkish-Syrian border, the Boy waited for the tug. This should give him all the locks, to Rakka in Syria. The family came to you before and brought him in Switzerland. With the move to Zurich, she wanted to keep him by his Islamic environment. As a withdrawal. The father and the uncle were able to save him in the end. At first it didn’t seem like it.


Esen Isik (50) was born in Istanbul, came in 1990 in Switzerland, and the Turkish and Swiss citizenship. Most recently, she received the Swiss film award with the movie “Köpek”. It’s about violence in Turkey against women, against LGBT people and against children. Isik also works in a women’s shelter Zurich Oberland. She advises and translated for women affected by violence. For years, she lives with her daughter in Zurich.

they locked it. The apartment was built like a cell, with locks. I was there twice and tried to convince him. But I got through to him.

I also found this difficult and was so torn. I told them that too. But the family was desperate. His father once asked me what I would have done in his place.

I thought of my daughter. I would have probably done the Same thing.

no, not at all. The family is moderate. It are not Alevis, they are strictly Muslim.

I was therefore angry at the boy. The radical Muslims, the Salafis, have followed the Alevis have always. For me, it was a betrayal of his grandparents. This is comparable with a Jewish boy who goes to the neo-Nazis.

Buraks father is authoritarian and devout. He expects his son to live the Religion the way he does. The builds pressure. I’ve seen many of the young people. You have a very bad Conscience, if you go out like other young people and drink a beer. You feel torn.

“Al-Shafaq – When the sky splits”

Burak grew up in Zurich. In an intact family with Turkish roots. The parents are religious, but not radical. Mosque prayers – the boy Burak can do with all the little. Rather, he meets with his Hipster friends, listen with you to music, drink a beer, falls in love with a girl – without a migration background. And this Boy then seeks refuge in radical Islamists. Because of his authoritarian father gives him no recognition, but an Islamist one – as a business man disguised. “Al-Shafaq” is the story of a young man in search of a separate identity between two worlds. Between the Muslim family and the Western world. It is a story, as is often the case in Europe. The Esen Isik says in the Interview. “Al-Shafaq” shows what it means for a family to lose a son to the IS. Be blunt, but empathetic. With memorable images from a simulated refugee camp buildings in Turkey. The film crew has filmed there for three weeks.

There are a lot of factors. If a teenager gets to little recognition, within the family circle or for the school to be inferior feels. Then, when a trusted person comes to you and says: “We need you, you’re a Hero, and Allah loves you!”, feel you are picked up.

she is very elusive. You are, what you do and have to leave. And it is built on fear. With messages such as: “If you’re not obedient, will punish you, God.” The orientation of young people without orientation.

I, myself, have underestimated the potential in the beginning. The official Figures show that 7000 young people from across Europe fought for the IS. Half of them are converts! Quite a lot of women. In Switzerland, there are officially several dozen. And then there are the unreported cases of young people who are not visible. With the radical Islamic ideology sympathize, but here to stay.

Burak is a victim of circumstances, but he is also a perpetrator. He does not want to return, he is ready to kill. We must not trivialize these young people and their deeds. To me, the idea that you are born in Switzerland and went to school but. You have seen here for the first Time the star. We must not allow ourselves this ideology takes away from our children.

With Erdogan’s war against the Kurds in Northern Syria are coming back of the refugees. We need to open up towards Islam. The Interpretation of the Koran must not be individual mosques or families leave.

Yes. We must, however, make the Muslim children. Why you should not learn from the fourth class Arabic?

My grandparents have survived in 1938, a massacre. My mother came in the forced exile to the world. This is not a language in the family. My mother always had a big fear when it rang at the door. I don’t know for a long time which is why. As a child, I realized at some point that my parents don’t speak a language that I understand. With us they only spoke Turkish. Who spoke Kurdish, was arrested.

After the coup in the 80s, I was in the youth movement. We demonstrated against the undemocratic System. We were, however, harmless, safe, no radical left-wing organization. I remember that I have distributed leaflets, because there were in prisons on hunger strikes. That is why I was arrested by the police.

And I sat for six months in a small cell. There, I had to take care of a still younger woman, which was very bad. It was hard, but if you want to get resistance. We lived in an authoritarian System, so I was expecting.

Not only. Now when I think of my daughter and the fact that your something like this could happen, I find it bad. But I also know that I have some of this prison took time. I’ve met people who were locked up for 15 years. I’ve learned a lot about the Turkish society.

I wanted to go back many years. Today, I can no longer imagine the. I feel at home in Zürich.

Al-Shafaq: 29. October in the cinemas. 31. October will take place after the Film a conversation with Esen Isik, Fedpol Director Nicoletta della Valle and actor and scene connoisseurs Artan Morina. Cinema, CineClub, Bern, 20.15.