My Enemy, My Brother wins Grand Jury Prize in San Diego!

TORONTO, ON (November 14, 2017) – Canadian feature documentary, MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER wins the Grand Jury Award at the 18th Annual SDAFF Awards Gala

Toronto film production company, Fathom Film Group is excited to announce the feature documentary, My Enemy, My Brother, has been awarded the Grand Jury Award at the 18th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival on Saturday, November 11th. A follow up to the Oscar shortlisted and Emmy nominated short documentary, from director Ann Shin, My Enemy, My Brother tells a surprisingly uplifting story from the Iran-Iraq war about two former enemies who met on the battlefield where one saved the other’s life. They meet again 30 years later by sheer chance, and embark on perilous journey back to Iran and Iraq in search of lost loved ones, a journey that will have dramatic consequences for both men.


For all the coverage of the Middle East, there are precious few stories delve into the depth of the impact of decades of the numerous wars and terrorist incursions in the area. My Enemy, My Brother is an incredibly unique window into the aftermath of Iran-Iraq War and how two men rose above their country’s political and religious differences. Against this backdrop the emotional story of Najah and Zahed is a surprising affirmation of humanity that cuts across political borders.

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is a San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and International cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of International Asian cinema in the United States. Each year, the festival brings World premieres from film around the world including North and South America, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim and South East Asia.

The feature film, My Enemy, My Brother, had its Canadian premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and will be theatrically released in early 2018.

Upcoming festival screenings:

November 21st and 23rd, 2017 – Bogazici Film Festival in Istanbul

December 14th and 16th, 2017 – Bahamas International Film Festival

February 22nd to 25th, 2018 – Boulder International Film Festival

The Globe and Mail - 'My Enemy, My Brother' 3/4 stars

"In the Toronto filmmaker Ann Shin’s poignant documentary, we meet Najah (an Iraqi) and Zahed (an Iranian), once young soldiers in the brutal Iran-Iraq War. The shooting has long stopped, but the wounds for both of them are open ones."

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In the Seats review of ‘MY ENEMY MY BROTHER’- 4/5 stars

"My Enemy My Brother is a great story of two friends. Borders separated them in the past, but they aren’t now. And both need each other as they physically try to return to their homelands. Director Ann Shin captures their story compassionately, dealing with the specificity of the moral issues troubling and hindering both men."

To read the complete review, go here.


"Director Ann Shin creates a meaningful portrait of what it means to be human in war. This film will strike a chord for viewers who are both critical and aware of the current social and political messages involved in the portrayal of the Middle East and Islamophobia."

"The doc acts as a message of hope and prosperity. Two enemies united together against all odds–political boarders and war."

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POV Magazine (April 26, 2017): "An incredible story of humanity and chance."

"Ann Shin’s My Enemy, My Brother updates her acclaimed short film of the same name, which gained rare prominence when it was featured on The New York Times’ website as an Op-Doc two years ago. “The overwhelming positive response totally took us by surprise,” says Shin. “It was viewed by hundreds of thousands, got nominated for an Emmy, and was shortlisted for an Oscar.” The feature is both an expansion and a sequel."  

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CP24 (April 26, 2017)

"Director Ann Shin shares her new documentary at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival."

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