THE BLOOD OF MY BROTHER goes behind the scenes of one Iraqi family's struggle to survive amidst the carnage of the growing Shia insurgency. Nineteen-year-old Ibrahim dreams of revenge when his brother is shot and killed by an American patrol. With scenes of fighting and death on the streets of Baghdad, this is the closest most viewers will ever come to being in Iraq; kneeling in prayer amidst a thousand Muslim worshipers, feeling the roar of low-flying Apaches, riding atop a sixty-ton tank, driving with masked resistance fighters to attack American positions, fleeing the threat of an overwhelming response, the blood in the street, a tank on fire, or the cold, distant stare of a dead Iraqi fighter. Written by
While I agree that aspects of this film seem lacking in overall development, this is a major piece of film making. Yes, the younger brother might not be a sympathetic character but the events that took over his life reveal much about human nature. We rarely get a chance to see films like this which are both documentary in nature, but theatrical in the sense of plot or character development. This film puts us right in the middle of a tragic horrible mistake and it is stunning to be this close to the horror of this conflict. The cinematic portraits of many of the participants are sensational. Not to be overlooked is the personal risk that was taken by the film-maker and his team. When was the last time you put your life on the line for something? I loved the opening menu sequence, with it's man on the street p.o.v. and a very contemporary sound track (I played it over at least 5 times before I started the movie) See this film you won't forget it.
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