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The Blood of My Brother by Berends, Andrew

Andrew Berends presents a moving story of Ibrahim and his family in Najaf, a town 160 km south of Baghdad, Iraq. The family is dealing with the death of his brother, Ra'ad, killed by American gunfire in late 2003. This story shows a families anguish, retaliation and the constant battle within the country. It is a story that is relevant to so many in the same situation and shows the pure hopelessness many are faced with as a result of warfare.

Social Interest
The problems that the invasion of Iraq has caused have been widely documented. The question of whether these social problems have been hindered by American occupancy of the region is an important one. The battle day and night between the Iraqi resistance and the American troops is a key aspect of Berends' documentary and here we are given a key insight into the movements of the Iraqi resistance.

Economic Relevance
We learn of the problems that Ibrahim's family encountered as a result of Ra'ad's death. Many businesses go bankrupt and many struggle to survive as a result of warfare and the loss of family members.

Political Relevance
The Middle East has been a constant topic in the news in the last few years, and with Western occupation of Iraq the West has been drawn closer to the area. The tension between the local citizens and the American troops has made stability in the region harder to maintain. We are presented here with the Iraqi perspective of the conflict and the influence of religion on all involved.

Berends, Andrew
Copyright Holder
Beeld voor Beeld
82 min.
Year of release

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