At first glance, this is a film about a foreign “guest worker” facing the threat of deportation amid changing political circumstances. However, I am not trying to make an issue-based film. This film is really a comedic exploration of FAILURE, and a middle-aged man finding the courage to move beyond past failures and try again. Faruk, our protagonist, was once a promising writer, but after decades of writer’s block he is stuck in a rut. It takes a crisis – in this case the threat of deportation – to wake him from his long creative hibernation. Ironically, this crisis leads him back on the path to success. Not in the superficial sense of finding fame: success in this case means rediscovering his artistic voice and motivation. He stops sleepwalking through life and achieves self-actualization, because an unactualized man will find it hard to be truly happy and fulfilled.
The film’s comedic tone is rooted in the irony at its core: Faruk gets a much-needed wake-up call thanks to the harsh reality of tough immigration regulations and the threat of being deported. And this rude awakening is his salvation. The deportation motif is based on current political events, but I don’t intend for it to be anything more than an inciting incident – the equivalent of Hitchcock’s “Mc Guffin”. The film I plan to make is about a man fighting cruel immigration regulations using his strongest weapons – imagination, charm and wit.