Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Brotherhood (الإخوان)

Ajyal Competition

Meryam Joobeur / Short Narrative / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden / 2018 / 25 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic, English / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Youth, Family


Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. His life is thrown into turmoil when his oldest son Malik returns home from Syria with a new wife named Reem. Malik’s mother and younger brothers are quick to embrace Malik's return, but Mohamed is uncomfortable with his presence and potential radical influence on the family. 'Brotherhood' explores the complexity of familial relationships and the destructive effect of assumptions.

About the Directors

Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal. Her first documentary ‘Gods, Weeds & Revolutions’ (2012) exploring memory through Alzheimer’s and the Tunisian revolution was screened internationally, winning multiple awards. Meryam has participated in the Producer’s Network of the Carthage International Film Festival, Berlinale Talents, TIFF Talent Lab, Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab, and the Med Film Factory Directors’ Lab.


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