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
As direct as it gets: chaotic, gritty and fascinating. a mind-opener, for sure!
This film represents the nightmarish myriad of chaos in Baghdad as it likely seems for so many people living in the occupied cities; a must see! The directors seeming inability to generate a plot-line awkwardly mirrors the dilemma the US now faces there; many people are arguing, most want peace, & some are shooting. For many in the occupied region, this will be the subtitled film which most truly tells their story of fear, of hope and of life. Gritty no-holds-barred footage, the cinematic meat of this film, is necessary to balance rap-infused war films produced in the "MTV" style by various Americans, like Gunner's Palace, also shot in Khadamiya. For a similarly recent, yet more uplifting (slightly) film, watch: My Country,My Country!
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