Director: Ann SHIN
Production Year: Canada 2017
Awards and Festivals:
Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival 2017
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2017 - Grand Jury Award
Over 30 years ago, Zahed and Najah met on the battlefield as enemies. Though Najah was gravely wounded, Zahed did not kill him, but saved his life. Decades later and half a world away, their paths crossed again. This film chronicles their unlikely story of brotherhood, and their emotional journey back to Iran and Iraq.
Ann Shin is a multiple award-winning Producer, Director and New Media Producer. Her short documentary My Enemy, My Brother was nominated for an Emmy and shortlisted for an Oscar. Her feature documentary, The Defector: Escape from North Korea won Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the Canadian Screen Academy Awards.
The lasting devastation of war is revealed through the lives of Zahed and Najah. Interwoven archival footage and intimate interviews deliver a visceral understanding of tragedy on both a mass and personal scale. Their story does not surrender solely to grief, however, as they demonstrate a bond that endures both tragedy and decades of seeking closure.