Brotherhood, dir. Francesco Montagner, Czech Republic / Italy 2021, 97 min., Bosnian with English subtitles
Jabir, Usama and Useir live a life of manual labour and daily prayer in the Bosnian countryside. The three brothers are either too young to remember the Bosnian War or weren’t born when it raged, but the conflict still casts a shadow. All they have are the words of their father, ghost stories of forest-dwelling soldiers and heroic tales of the Mujahadeen battling Serbs. But soon, two of the brothers begin to question their fathers’ teachings and dream of a better life.
Winner of the Golden Leopard Award in the Cineasti del Presente (‘Filmmakers of the Present’) section of the Locarno International Film Festival, Francesco Montagner’s second feature addresses the cultural bogeyman of radical Islam by carefully exploring how surroundings play pivotal roles in the lives of young men growing into adulthood. The trust and respect Montagner earned from Salafist groups lends Brotherhood the intimacy it requires to explore the brothers' interior lives as they come of age and question the wisdom of the adults around them.
This UK premiere is followed by Q&A with director Francesco Montagner, hosted by film academic and journalist Savina Petkova.
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