Winner of the International Critics prize in the Panorama section of this year’s Berlin festival, Ferit Karahan’s drama is set at a harsh boarding school for Kurdish boys located
in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia. Yusuf (Samet Yıldız) and Memo, 11 years old, are best friends. When Memo falls mysteriously ill, Yusuf is forced to struggle against the
school’s repressive authorities - all distracted by their own petty grievances - to try to help his friend. A gripping drama with political undertones (the boys and school workers are
Kurdish; the teachers are Turkish), the film comes from a long tradition: it is, as Karahan has noted, ‘a film of fear’
‘Superb… There’s a crystalline precision and angularity to the plotting, which grows more compelling with each layer of culpability that is unpeeled… [T]here are similarities with
Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, although Brother’s Keeper is a leaner and more propulsive piece of storytelling.’ — Wendy Ide, Screen
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