On September 21st, Human Security Centre Director Dr. Dwayne Menezes attended the News and Documentary Emmy award ceremony in New York. Dr. Menezes represented HSC at the ceremony promoting the film “My Enemy, My Brother”, which was nominated for a News and Documentary Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. HSC served as a co-sponsor of the film, with Dr. Dwayne Menezes and Danielle Turkov of Think-Film Impact Production Ltd serving as Impact Producers.
In addition, on the evening of the 21st, the Canadian Consul-General in New York, Phyllis Yaffe, hosted a reception for film industry leaders to celebrate the Canadian film industry, especially the two Canadian films currently drawing attention in the United States. One was the Emmy-nominated “My Enemy, My Brother”, directed by Ann Shin and produced by Melanie Horkan, and the other was “Closet Monster”, directed by Stephen Dunn and featuring Connor Jessup and Isabella Rosellini.
Canadian Consul-General Phyllis Yaffe herself served as CEO of Cinematix and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., which produced the entire CSI series, and is therefore very committed to the creative industries. Among the guests present at the reception were several officials from the Canadian Consulate, as well as Melanie Horkan, Danielle Turkov and Dr. Dwayne Menezes representing “My Enemy, My Brother”, and Stephen Dunn and Connor Jessup representing “Closet Monster”.
“My Enemy, My Brother” is an ongoing multi-platform documentary project following the real life story of Zahed and Najah, two former enemies who saved one another and became blood brothers for life. As a beautiful and inspiring story about humanity in times of war, the documentary has been received well by critics and has earned widespread international acclaim. The film has been screened at several festivals and won numerous awards. It was also shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) earlier this year
Speaking of the two events, Dr. Menezes said:
“It was an honour to work alongside Ann and Melanie, who are such dedicated film-makers. “My Enemy, My Brother” is a moving true story of how a beautiful friendship came out of the horrors of war. It also explores the life-changing scars, both physical and psychological, that war can leave on those it touches. It is a compelling plot with an important message, that I think we can all take something away from.”
You can watch “My Enemy, My Brother” for free here: http://www.myenemymybrothermovie.com/#my-enemy-my-brother