29. January 2016 · Comments Off on Ann Shin’s ‘My Enemy, My Brother’ · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Documentaries · Tags: , , , , ,

annshinIn her film My Enemy, My Brother, filmmaker Ann Shin shines a light on the current refugee crisis by looking back at the story of Zahed and Najah, two men who came to Canada after fighting on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq war.  Shin is a filmmaker and writer based in Toronto.

“Her journalism career began at CBC Radio where she produced for a number of shows including Metro Morning, Tapestry, Roots and Wings, Sunday Morning Live. During this time she produced sound poetry and radio documentaries, including How to Breathe the Air of our Ancestors, which won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals in 1998. Realizing her love for long-form documentary, Ann moved into television and began to produce for television series for a number of networks, as well as direct independent documentaries.” — Wikipedia

“It’s interesting to talk about this film in this time when people are questioning how many refugees we should allow in from Syria and how they should be screened. Zahed and Najah were both refugees when they arrived here from Iran and Iraq — two countries that are not seen as benign, friendly countries necessarily. And you see that they’ve made honest livings and contributed so much to their society.” — Ann Shin interviewed on CBC’s Exhibitionists.

My Enemy, My Brother was named one of TIFF’s Top 10 Canadian short films of 2015, and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for best documentary short subject.

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