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My Enemy, My Brother (2015)

MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER is the real life story about two former enemies who become blood brothers for life: Zahed Haftlang was an Iranian boy who ran away from home to join the army. Najah ... See full summary »

Director:

Ann Shin

Writers:

Melanie Horkan (co-writer), Ann Shin (co-writer)
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MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER is the real life story about two former enemies who become blood brothers for life: Zahed Haftlang was an Iranian boy who ran away from home to join the army. Najah Aboud was a 19-year old Iraqi who had been conscripted to fight in the war, leaving behind his wife and son. Both men fought in the Iran-Iraq war where Zahed finds Najah injured in a bunker and decides to risk his own life to save him. Zahed kept Najah alive for days, after which Najah was finally taken as a prisoner of war. Their lives diverge and they don't see nor hear of one another for 20 years until one day they meet by sheer coincidence in Vancouver. Written by Anonymous

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PG-13
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Fathom Film Group See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Miraculous and unbelievable.
4 August 2016 | by jessicaslaterSee all my reviews

I cried and cried during this film. It's a true story of two enemies of war and one uncharacteristically spends days saving the injured enemy soldier on the battleground. Although he survives, he becomes a POW and it's decades later that they are reunited in Canada. I imagine this will be a narrative feature film one day as the story is so powerful and unbelievable.

I caught this at the Vail Film Festival while watching random shorts and am not sure of the circumstances surrounding the making of it but it has the feel of an indie film as well as a studio production. The visual effects that are used to show scenes of war (as well as the dramatic recreations) are very poignant and heighten the intensity of the documentary footage of the two men speaking.

I feel the circumstances that bring these two back together in such a distant place decades later can only be attributed to destiny and serendipity. If you were to simply read this in a novel, you might think the plot line is too much of a stretch. The fact that it's true and we see them re-telling it all is just incredible. As of the time I am writing this, it is now available on Youtube and I highly encourage you to watch it. It is one of the most powerful stories I've ever heard.


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