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The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq (2006)

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Andrew Berends' documentary The Blood of My Brother attempts to bring the viewer inside the world of the Iraqi people fighting against the U.S.-led invasion of their country. The main focus of the film is Ibrahim, a teenager who must become his family's provider after his older brother is killed while guarding a religious building. He feels great anger toward the Americans and strives for revenge, but he must also confront the realities of caring for his other family members. The filmmakers also spend time with the Medhi Army, one of the insurgent groups in Iraq. The Blood of my Brother had its North American premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Berends's documentary works for the most part because it has a fresh point of view and worthwhile things to say about the individual value of overlooked masses in a war zone.

August 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[The filmmakers'] access is far broader than any TV network's, and in the end, they transcended the body counts and bland abstractions that characterize most Western reporting on the war.

July 27, 2006

Imparts a you-are-there atmosphere that's increasingly scarce as Western journalists retreat.

July 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A film that's by turns touching, infuriating, heartbreaking and confusing -- much like the war itself. And unlike much of what we've seen before.

June 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Despite some remarkable unembedded footage, Andrew Berends' is yet another disappointingly superficial, unfocused and one-sided documentary on the conflict in Iraq.

June 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

It makes you rue the most indelicate of all combat euphemisms -- 'collateral damage.'

June 30, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

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