‘Final Scenes Of A Departure of Unknown Origin’ Documentary Project

Director: Yusuf Emre Yalçın

Producers: Ezgi Selin Ülkü, Yusuf Emre Yalçın

Production Company: Paspas Film

Turkey, United Kingdom


Places and people.

Home and journey.

Belonging and the urge to leave…

Decision came first. Emre finds himself on a journey. What ensued was a subsequent struggle to make sense of it, forging a new reality to navigate the unknown. 

Emre embarks on a life-altering journey, choosing to immigrate to the United Kingdom. This choice, navigating the waters between belonging and the desire to leave, jeopardises the ties that once shaped his reality – a reality woven through a home, a partner, social ties, and a career. Upon arriving in London, he enters a two-week quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This period becomes a suspended moment, a limbo hanging between his past and an uncertain future. In this temporal pause, Emre recalls the last moments of his departure, trying to unravel the motivations that led him here. Quarantine ends, time passes and Emre settles in the city. Now he needs to construct a new sense of self against an unfamiliar backdrop. Immersing himself in idle wanderings, temporary jobs, exploration and therapy, he persistently questions the urge to leave, even as the need for a sense of belonging remains. A very personal immigration experience, exploring themes of identity and belonging.