Ann Shin talks about her film 'My Enemy, My Brother'

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Image Copyright: Ann Shin. Fathom Film Group. Used with permission.

My Enemy, My Brother is a feature length documentary about the real-life story of two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq war who become blood brothers for life.

Meeting in Vancouver 30 years after Zahed, an Iranian child soldier saves the life of Najah, a wounded Iraqi soldier, they are now about to embark on an emotional journey back to Iran and Iraq for the first time in 20 years.  

Their journey takes them into the heart of present-day conflicts in a region ravaged by war and ISIS. Their quest is a surprising affirmation of redemption and humanity. 

About the filmmaker:

Ann Shin is a multiple award-winning Canadian director, producer and principal of Fathom Film Group, a company which produces interactive cross-platform digital projects.  The short version of My Enemy, My Brother was shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy. It was also an 8-time winner of Best Short Documentary at several international film festivals including Traverse City Film Festival, where it was the Grand Prize Winner of the Best Shorts Humanitarian Awards. It also won the Sapanta Award for Best Short Film at the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival in 2015.

Shin's cross-platform project The Defector was selected into 27 international film festivals, and was nominated for 6 awards. It won Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. The Defector Interactive won the FITC Award, the Canadian Digi Award, and was also an award winner at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Festival.

With 20 years of experience, she has produced independent feature films, feature documentaries and delivered hundreds of hours of programming that have aired on CBC, TVO, HBO, ABC, CBC The Documentary Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, SLICE.  She is currently working on several feature documentaries and cross-platform projects: Smart Drugs, The Superfood Effect and The Terrorist Hunter.



Find out more about the film here.

Image Copyright: Ann Shin. Fathom Film Group. Used with permission.


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With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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