Directed by Francesco Montagner, documentary, 97 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Francesco Montagner
Jabir, Usama and Useir are three young Bosnian brothers born into a family of shepherds where their strict Muslim father holds draconian control over their lives through a regime of daily prayers. Their traditional farmstead seems cut off from civilisation. When their father is sentenced to two years in prison, the brothers are suddenly left on their own. In the absence of the patriarch and the daily drill, they suddenly find new freedom.
Brotherhood offers a revealing “cinema verité” look at traditional rural life in an Islamic household, observing the moment of transition from boyhood to manhood and the uneasy search for identity.
The film has won the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present section of Locarno IFF 2021.
Locarno IFF 2021 (Pardo d'oro, Filmmakers of the Present)