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My Brother the Devil (2012)

 -  Drama  -  9 November 2012 (UK)
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Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London.

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Fady Elsayed ...
Mo
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Izzi
Amira Ghazalla ...
Hanan
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Abdul-Aziz
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
Repo
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Aj
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Sayyid
Shyam Kelly ...
Devonte
McKell David ...
Demon's Boy (as McKell Celaschi-David)
Zachary Scipio ...
Demon's Younger 1
Ryan Townsend ...
Demon's Younger 2
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J-Boy
Kemi Martin ...
J-Boy's Girl
Mohammed Mansary ...
Faisal
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Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family's modest London flat is a completely different world - the streets of Hackney. The impressionable Mo idolizes his handsome older brother Rashid and wants to follow is his footsteps. However, Rashid, a charismatic and shrewd member of a local gang, wants a different life for his little brother and deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. One eventful summer, Rashid's sexual awakening forces Mo to confront his own fears and phobias and threatens to tear the brothers apart. Written by Anonymous

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$10,305 (USA) (22 March 2013)

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$10,305 (USA) (22 March 2013)
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An authentic look at expatriate Egyptian family in Britain
25 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is such an excellent film. Yes there is considerable and explosive violence but is not at all gratuitous nor overwhelming. Every character is well developed and essential to the storyline even when they are portraying bad gang members or undesirable drug dealers. The two young brothers are authentic and believable like all the other major and minor characters. And the plot is full of suspense and surprise at every turn. What is extraordinary is the positive way the gay relationship that unexpectedly develops between Rashid and the photographer is treated. Unlike tradition in Hollywood films of this genre, a gay relationship never thrives nor allowed to develop into a happily ever after scenario. Either one of the gay characters must die or worse are killed or a gay character gives up a difficult male /male love relationship and sublimates his emotional and sexual needs by attempting to find happiness in a forced gay male/ straight female union to satisfy heterosexual audiences expectations. Not in this film. For this reason, It becomes a breakthrough film that people will be talking about for years to come. And who knew that macho young gang members put so much pressure on themselves to be real men that they secretly long to be intimate with their gang buddies as a show of affection. This film explores this phenomena deftly. And the musical score is perfect. I highly recommend everyone runs to see this movie and the world in which these fantastic and contradictory characters reside. Kudos as well to the sensitive touch of the female writer and director. All gay themed stories should be treated with such sensitivity.


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