We're going the same way     

(2018, Belgium, 73')

On an empty road in an empty landscape we meet Seragedin and Rakhman, father and son, driving towards a better future. Clouds shoot over their heads while their voices disappear in the wind. These two nobodies take us to the core of what it means to be human.

Rakhman helps his father to trade a car from Lithuania to their home in Kyrgyzstan. They drive together along a harsh and unromantic new silk route. They are on the road night and day and face mafia hold-ups. The money they may make pays for Rakhmans studies. Later, his education will allow him to take care of his parents. Later, when they will reach their real destination. They are simple people with simple dreams. A day at the lake, taking their wives out for dinner, a feeling of ability, coming home,... Their chances are slim and their context not cooperative, but they are two, everything they do they do for each other.

We're going the same way portrays their struggle to improve, to overcome, to survive. Their struggle suffocates them, they forget to live. It dislocates them, brings them together and pulls them apart. We meet them at the non-places of this world because there is no place for them. They are on their way but the way has become their home. As home holds no promise they can only keep on going. Searching for a future they break apart and find themselves in ever more absurd situations. Being a family sends them off in opposite directions.

Years earlier Seragedin had retired as a soldier but did not receive the apartment he was promised during his 32 years of military service. He blames corruption and writes letters to his president to ask for justice. All that he gets are interrogations and threats to silence him. He has been surrounded by corruption all his life but choses a different path for himself, holding on to his integrity. While being corrupt or criminal would be an easier option, what makes it worth the trouble? We’re going the same way triggers questions on the added value of honesty and accepting one’s destiny.

© Pieter-Jan Van Damme

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. produced by Steven Dhoedt - Visualantics

written, directed and filmed by Pieter-Jan Van Damme

edited by Thomas Pooters

original music by Regina Lok Yan To

. pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki 2013, Baltic Sea Docs 2014 and EastDoc Project Market 2015

. developed at IDFA WorldView Summer School 2013 and IDFAcademy 2013

. supported with script, development and production support by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and supported by Belgian Taxshelter

. festivals:

- One World Human Rights Documentary Festival 2018, Prague

- One World in Brussels, 2018

- Artdocfest 2018, Riga, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Jekaterinenburg  -  in competition

- Verzio Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2018, Budapest - in competition

- EU Human Rights Film Days 2018, Istanbul, Ankara, Kars, Giresun

- DOCFeed 2019, Eindhoven