The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq Reviews

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September 18, 2007
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.
March 1, 2007
A needed corrective to superficially pro-American news reports and documentaries from the reactionary right.
August 12, 2006
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.
July 27, 2006
[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 7, 2006
Imparts a you-are-there atmosphere that's increasingly scarce as Western journalists retreat.
July 7, 2006
Documentary technique is poor, but Berends imparts a strong sense of the culture and the sort of dilemma that faces every member of this torn society.
July 7, 2006
I felt overly manipulated and sensed they were trying too hard to make a point, but unsure what point to make.
July 6, 2006
A scary and illuminating documentary made by an American that draws out our empathy for the grieving families of slain civilians in the Iraq war.
June 30, 2006
In the end, Berends sacrifices coherence for the sake of a story he's determined to tell, rather than focusing on the one that's practically telling itself.
June 30, 2006
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
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
It makes you rue the most indelicate of all combat euphemisms -- 'collateral damage.'
June 30, 2006
Without an apparent axe to grind, [Berends] presents a harrowing snapshot of the chaos of war and reminds us how difficult it is to simplify a nation, a people, or an individual.
June 29, 2006
This unsettling and frequently chilling look on a mourning Iraqi family has an immediacy that's rare for a theatrical documentary.
June 29, 2006
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
Berends gives over about a fourth of a fairly short movie to field footage and interviews with American soldiers, and the abbreviated look at the U.S. military makes it look more doltish and insensitive than the conflicted figures in The War Tapes.
June 27, 2006
Denouncing Saddam? It's strange because it's apparent that Barends is to some extent PRO Saddam in his leanings.
June 27, 2006
The subtitle, A Story of Death in Iraq, concisely captures its core subject: the brute facts of grief, suffering, and death in wartime.
June 9, 2006
As a study of the monumental human toll of war, Andrew Berends's documentary is distinctly lacking in both focus and balance.
June 8, 2006
Made with access to the Mehdi Army and embittered citizens the Western news media -- or even the CIA -- might envy, producer-helmer-lenser Andrew Berends creates a revealing insight into the war in Iraq from the locals' POV.
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