International Competition


Ann Shin
Screening time  
23.02. / Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
26.02. / Friday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
27.02. / Saturday, 21:30 - 23:30 Theatre 2  
Two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War become blood brothers for life.

The war between Iran and Iraq spanned almost the entire 1980s and cost 1.5 million lives. As young men, Iranian Zahed and Iraqi Najah fought on opposing sides of the front. They survived the war, both physically and mentally, because of each other. When Najah was badly wounded on the battlefield, Zahed risked his own life to save him. It was a decision that gave Zahed back his sense of humanity – he was still just a child at the time, and he had been forced to carry out unimaginable cruelties. Now, after 25 years and many trials and tribulations, they meet again by chance in Canada. Zahed and Najah each tell their own story of loss, destiny and redemption. In subdued tones, the film reveals their gripping and miraculous tale. With great creativity and subtlety, the filmmakers use animations and photographic effects to bring the two men’s recollections to life. 


Ann Shin

Ann Shin is a filmmaker based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her journalism career began at CBC Radio where she produced for a number of shows. Realizing her love for long-form documentary, Ann moved into television and began to produce television series for a number of networks, as well as direct independent documentaries. Her documentary credits include the award-winning 2012 documentary film The Defector: Escape from North Korea, Four Seasons Mosaic, Post-Concussion, The Roswell Incident.

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My Enemy, My Brother

2015, 18' 50''

Directed by:
Ann Shin

Screenplay by:
Ann Shin

Brendan Uegama

Edited by:
Steve Guise

Ari Posner

Ann Shin

Produced by:
Fathom Film Group

Festivals & Awards:

Traverse City Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Short, Iranian Film Festival San Francisco 2015 – Best Short Documentary, PromoFest 2015 – Best Short Documentary, IDFA 2015, Tribeca International Film Festival 2015, Hot Docs 2015, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, Guanajuato International Film Festival 2015, Vancouver International Film Festival 2015, Washington West Film Festival 2015, One World Film Festival 2015, Ottawa International Film Festival 2015, John's International Women's Film Festival 2015, Al Jazeera Film Festival 2015, Regent Park Film Festival 2015, ReFrame Film Festival 2015