Brotherhood by Meryam Joobeur, OSCAR® Nominee

Meryam Joobeur’s live action short film Brotherhood produced by Academy-Award® nominee Maria Gracia Turgeon of Midi La Nuit & Cinétéléfilms is now nominated for the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film. It tells a poignant story of a rural Tunisian father caught in between loyalty to his family and his rigid moral principles. It is distributed by Travelling. The film was supported by CALQ, Doha Film Institute, MAFF, NDUIFF, Film I Skåne, SODEC & Téléfilm Canada.

Meryam’s response to the nomination: “ this moment resonates beyond just my life and filmmaking as a first nomination for my country of origin Tunisia. I want to especially thank the Quebec, Tunisian and International film community for supporting the creation of Brotherhood, a film shot in one of those small forgotten places in the world yet managed to speak beyond borders.”

Award-winning Brotherhood has had an extraordinary festival journey. Selected at Sundance (2019) and at TIFF (2018) where it won Best Canadian Short, the short is the festival favorite of seven Oscar®-qualifying awards including Raindance, Aspen, Melbourne and Short Shorts Japan. Unanimously praised by the film industry, Brotherhood registers a phenomenal count of more than 150 selections in film festivals worldwide, winning over 60 awards in 48 countries.

 The 92nd Oscars® ceremony, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.


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Award winning writer/director Meryam Joobeur uses her multicultural   ̶ Tunisian, American and Quebecer   ̶ perspective in Brotherhood to explore the widespread ramifications of the Islamic State on even the most remote areas of the world. Her previous films include the 2012 documentary short Gods, Weeds & Revolutions and 2017’s live action short Born in the Maelstrom starring Sasha Lane. 

Academy-Award® nominated producer Maria Gracia Turgeon produced Brotherhood in association with producer Annick Blanc through their company Midi La Nuit. Their joined forces and love of innovative storytelling and striking visuals has led them to produce cutting edge films that have been selected in major film festivals such as Locarno, Sundance, TIFF, and Telluride. Midi La Nuit produced shorts have won TIFF’s ‘Best Canadian Short Film’two years in a row in 2017 and in 2018. The company had widespread acclaim and recognition for the 2019 Oscar® nominated ‘Best Live Action Short’ FAUVE.

Tunisian producers Habib Attia and Sarra Ben Hassen brought their producing expertise to Brotherhood under Cinétéléfilms. Since 1983, Cinétéléfilms has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and the Arab world. This histrionic production company has produced some of the biggest classics/ blockbusters in Tunisian and Arab cinema including MAN OF ASHES (1988), SILENCE OF THE PALACE (1994) and more recently Cannes ‘Un Certain Regard’ selected BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (2017) and Venice ‘Orizzonti Best Actor’ award winner A SON (2019).

Travelling has been responsible for promoting and distributing short films around the world. In doing so, our organization has at heart the renewal of the 7th art in its short form and strives to put forward the work of its artists. It is crucial for us to introduce the new generation of filmmakers to numerous and varied audiences. Travelling also makes it a point of honor to carefully select the films distributed and is recognized both in Québec and internationally, as an essential curator of content

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