“My Enemy, My Brother” News Round-up

06 October 2015

At the end of September, “My Enemy, My Brother” won the Sepanta Award for Best Documentary Short at the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival. The film is also eligible for TIFF‘s 15th Annual Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the film!

Upcoming Film Screenings

01 June 2015

My latest short film, “My Enemy, My Brother” will be having its European premiere this coming Saturday June 6th at 3:30pm at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, with an encore screening on Tuesday June 9th at 5:45pm. For additional ticket and screening info, click here.

Additionally, I will be speaking after a screening of my previous film “The Defector: Escape from North Korea” Friday June 5th at 7:00pm at the Frontline Club in London. Tickets are available here.

Family China Reviewed in Canadian Literature

22 May 2015

One other person read my book of poetry, The Family China, and gave it a generous review in Canadian Literature. Leah liked how the “jagged seams” are exposed, the words picked clean, and narrative smashed and reassembled in challenging new ways.” Thank you Leah for your reading it ; ) and for your incisive review… if you’re interested in reading her review you can click here for the entire piece.

“My Enemy, My Brother” New York Times Op-Docs & Web Series Launch

13 May 2015

Hey, you can now watch the short film here, courtesy of The New York Times Opinion Op-Docs. The short has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, and the upcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest, and I’m very excited to share it with everyone.

Additionally, the open forum web series has now launched at I’ll be sharing the latest footage from ongoing film shoots, as well as taking you behind the scenes, where you are invited to join the conversation and tell your stories.
Going forward to finish the feature film, we hope to raise $25,000 in order to return to Iraq with Najah as he searches for his missing wife and son. Check out the Indiegogo here. Any dollar you can spare towards this film will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated!

Speaking at Pages Unbound Festival

08 May 2015

I’m looking forward to speaking at the Pages Unbound festival tonight at 7:00pm at the Randolph Theatre. NOW Magazine‘s Susan G. Cole will be moderating the panel that’s part of the ‘Storytellers: Literature and Film’ program. I’ll be speaking alongside Martyn Burke, and Mike Hoolboom and can’t wait to see their work. More on the event here.

“My Enemy, My Brother” featured in MacLean’s Magazine

27 April 2015

A wonderful piece in Maclean’s by Nancy Macdonald about Najah Aboud and Zahed Haftlang, the two men featured in My Enemy, My Brother, my current documentary film which recently premiered at Hot Docs and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Read about these remarkable men and their remarkable story here, and stay tuned for the powerful accompanying open forum web series, that launches May 12.