My Enemy, My Brother
True North | Canadian Film Week
Former foes become friends in this remarkable documentary by Ann Shin. Zahed was a child solider in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Thirty years later, he encounters Najah, who fought on the other side in that conflict, on the other side of the world, in Vancouver, BC. At this remove the war is a common bond, a shared trauma, rather than a source of dispute, and the two men become friends. But more than that: because of an extraordinary coincidence, they emerge as blood brothers for life. The revelation hits with such force, each embarks on a pilgrimage back to his homeland for the first time in decades, in Zahed’s case to spend time with his father before he dies, and for Najah, an almost impossible odyssey to track down the woman he was betrothed to in Iraq, way before Isis, and before both Gulf Wars.
"In this story we see how humanity can overcome its political and religious differences; revealing the relationship between two former enemies, and showing that it is possible to heal and redeem." Ann Shin, Director
Both men featured in the film (Najah and Zahed) will attend the Saturday screening for Q&A with moderator Zarghoona Wakil from MOSAIC. Mosaic is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
"Packs a punch." 4 stars, Norman Wilner, Now magazine
"Meaningful." Toronto FIlm Scene
"Poignant." Globe and MailCanadian Film Week 3 Ticket Pack - $27
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