My Brother the Devil
A masterful debut from one of England's boldest and brightest new talents, Sally El Hosaini's 'MY BROTHER THE DEVIL' stars James Floyd as Rashid, a young man from a traditional Arab family who runs with a gang that rules the streets of Hackney, one of London's most ethnically-mixed and historically volatile neighborhoods. Rashid's younger brother, Mo, (Fadi Elsayed) idolizes his handsome, charismatic older brother and dreams of following in his footsteps, but Rashid envisions a different life for Mo and insists that he stay away from gang life and stick to his studies. When Rashid forms a bond with Sayyid (Said Taghmaoui), an older man of similar background who is now a successful photographer, he is introduced to a world he never knew existed. But, just as he decides he wants out of his dead-end life on the streets, Mo decides he wants in, and starts doing drug runs behind Rashid's back. Headed on a collision course of conflicting desires, each young man is forced to face himself and confront the brother he thought he knew. A beautifully realized portrait of what it means to be a man, 'MY BROTHER THE DEVIL' is all the more sharp and sensitive for having been made by a woman. Ms. El Hosaini, herself of Egyptian extraction and a long-time Hackney resident, developed the project at three Sundance Institute labs (Middle Eastern, Screenwriting, and Directing) and launched the film at this year's Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, winning prizes at each, before continuing on the international festival circuit, where the film has garnered numerous awards and accolades both here and abroad. The reviews generated by its recent UK release make 'MY BROTHER THE DEVIL' one of the most acclaimed British films of the past several years.