Politicians Tunahan Kuzu (34) and Selcuk Öztürk (44) were in November of 2014 expelled from their polical party, the PVDA, for not signing a statement declaring their trust in the new integration policy of minister Asscher. They described the policy als ‘exclusion politics’. In the eyes of the duo this was the last drop in regards to adjustment and integration.
On the 9th of Februari 2015 Kuzu and Öztürk presented their new political movement Denk (think) to the world. In their own words Denk was created to provide a voice for every tolerant, open-minded citizen believing in a pluralist society; a bottom-up movement for the ‘unheard’. After the emotional break with their own party, creating such a pluralist, multi-culteral and tolerant society has become their mission. The film follows the duo on the road to the 2017 election.
Jack Janssen, director of De Prijs van de Hemel (2012, nominated for the Prix Europe and the Grosse Klappe award for the best European documentairy about youth) and Fairuz-we hielden zoveel van mekaar (2003), is as filmmaker always working on films with a social engagement. Working with Jack on developing the Mission is Emine Terkin (producer Moving Woman’s history, 2012). As a daughter of Turkish migrants she experienced the issues presented in the film first hand.