Brotherhood (2018 film)

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Directed byMeryam Joobeur
Produced byHabib Attia
Sarra Ben Hassen
Maria Gracia Turgeon
Meryam Joobeur
Written byMeryam Joobeur
StarringKais Ayari
Mohamed Graïaa
Mouldi Kriden
Salha Nasraoui
Music byPeter Venne
CinematographyVincent Gonneville
Edited byAnouk Deschênes
Midi la Nuit
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
Running time
25 minutes

Brotherhood (Ikhwène) is a short film, directed by Meryam Joobeur and released in September 2018.[1] A co-production of companies from Canada, Tunisia, Qatar and Sweden, the film explores the tensions within a Tunisian family when a man who has been away for several years returns home with a new Syrian wife who wears the full niqab, igniting his father's suspicions that his son has been working for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[2]

The film's title was chosen to reflect both the familial connotations of the word "brotherhood" and its use in the name of the controversial Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood.[1]

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Canadian Short Film.[3] In December 2018, it was named in the TIFF's year-end Canada's Top Ten list.[4]

At the 3rd Prix Iris in 2019, the film won the award for Best Live Action Short Film.[5] The film received nomination for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.[6]


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