Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

My Enemy, My Brother


Year: 2017
Run Time: 88 minutes

My Enemy, My Brother
My Enemy, My Brother
My Enemy, My Brother
My Enemy, My Brother

In the midst of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, a remarkably beautiful thing happened: an Iranian soldier risked his life to save a wounded man who was supposed to be his enemy. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the two would meet again by sheer coincidence in Vancouver, Canada 25 years later. Their incredible reunion is captured in MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER, a documentary that grew out of an award-winning short film of the same name. Director Ann Shin follows the pair on a journey back to the region, which has now been devastated by the stronghold of ISIS. The conflict in which they miraculously met spawned a friendship, but it also tore apart their families. It’s been ages since they’ve seen their loved ones and, sadly, some are no longer alive. The emotional reunions (and a few surprises) are a testament to the power of love and its ability to withstand the test of time. This beautiful film is also a reminder we’re all on the same human side. With that in mind, love and friendship can be born under the most unexpected circumstances. (In English, Arabic, and Farsi with subtitles) —E.F.

MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the Perspectives VR experience Eye of the Beholder.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:40 PM

Voices of the Arab World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Ann Shin

Ann Shin received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, and Master of Arts in English literature from the University of Toronto. Shin is a multiple award-winning producer, director, and new media producer for CBC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, PBS, and Fine Living Network.

Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World (2002), The Defector: Escape from North Korea (2012), MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER (2017)

Ann Shin, Hannah Donegan, Melanie Horkan

Ann Shin, Eamonn O'Connor

Duraid Munajim

Eamonn O'Connor

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Cleveland Peace Action

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