The Blood of My Brother

2005, War/Documentary, 1h 24m

21 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The Blood of My Brother is an insightful - if at times unfocused - documentary about the war in Iraq told from the locals' point of view. Read critic reviews

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Looking at the Iraq War from the Iraqi point of view, this documentary tells the story of Ibrahim, a teenage boy whose brother is killed by American forces while guarding a mosque. Ibrahim would like to join in with the anti-American rebellion and avenge his brother's death, but now that he is the eldest male sibling in his family, he must put aside his desire for revenge in order to run his brother's fledgling photography shop and provide for his family.

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Andrew Berends
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Aaron Soffin
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Critic Reviews for The Blood of My Brother

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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…
  • 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
  • From the filmmaker Andrew Berends comes another documentary about the occupation of Iraq, but this time the story is told from the Iraqi point of view.

    June 29, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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…
  • 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
  • The action is so consciously real that at one point when a bullet could be seen coming towards one side of the camera I flinched to the other side of my seat.

    September 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A needed corrective to superficially pro-American news reports and documentaries from the reactionary right.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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