I remember screening this film at TIFF because it was Oscar nominated. The way it affected me, I was sure it was going to win, it didn’t, but it left a mark. It’s short and to the point, simple but very hard hitting. I’m happy that it’s found its way to the public so everyone can experience it.
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Production Descriptions and Details
160 festivals, 70+ awards.
Oscar® Nomination (Best Live Action Short Film).
Directed by Meryam Joobeur
Produced by two-time Academy Award® Nominated Maria Gracia Turgeon (Midi La Nuit – ‘Fauve’), Habib Attia & Sarra Ben-Hassen (Cinetelefilms)
Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son Malek returns home from Syria to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife in tow. The emotional complexities of a family reunion and past wounds lead to tragic consequences.
“Visually beautiful and emotionally complex.” — The Hollywood Reporter.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Both topical and timeless: confronting complex contemporary issues, like religious extremism, with the tried and true spirit of a Greek tragedy.” — Short of the Week⠀
“Brotherhood is beautifully shot, with moments of pure poetry woven in amid its admirably restrained performances.” — Variety
“Brotherhood” is a Staff Pick Premiere and has been awarded Best Drama Of The Year at Vimeo Festival & Awards 2020. Read more about it on the Vimeo Blog: vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-brotherhood-from-meryam-joobeur/
Fiction | 2018 | Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden | 25min | 4:3 | HD | Color| Digital 5.1 | Arab+Eng. Subs/Fr Subs./ Esp. Subs./ Ita. Subs. / DU. Subs.
Salha: Salha Nasraoui
Mohamed: Mohammed Houcine Grayaa
Malek: Malek Mechergui
Chaker: Chaker Mechergui
Rayene: Rayene Mechergui
Reem: Jasmin Yazid
Production: Habib Attia (Tunisia/Cinetelefilms), Sarra Ben-Hassen, Maria Gracia Turgeon, Annick Blanc (Canada/Midi la Nuit), Meryam Joobeur,
Co-Production: Andréas Rocksen (Sweden/Laika Films & TV), Doha Institute (Qatar)
Director: Meryam Joobeur
Screenplay: Meryam Joobeur
DoP: Vincent Gonneville
Art Director: Valérie-Jeanne Mathieu
Editor: Anouk Deschênes
Sound: Théo Porcet, Jean-David Perron, Aymen Laabidi, Cult Nation
Music: Peter Venne
Tunisian writer/director Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal. Her previous films include the short documentary GODS, WEEDS & REVOLUTIONS (2012) and BORN IN THE MAELSTROM (2017), starring Sasha Lane. She is currently developing three feature films including the feature version of ‘Brotherhood’ and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Lab (2016) TIFF Talent Lab (2016) and the Rawi Screenwriter’s Lab (2016).
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