EN - Karim and Nassim live in the same neighbourhood: one works with kids; the other deals drugs. One is pious, the other is decadent. Their paths will inevitably lead to conflict.

FR - Une histoire moderne à propos de deux jeunes hommes qui ont fait des choix très différents. Karim et Nassim vivent dans le même quartier. L’un travaille avec des enfants, l’autre trafique de la drogue. L’un est pieux, l’autre a un mode de vie décadent. Leurs chemins différents vont inévitablement entraîner des conflits.


Title Brothers
Original title Broeders
Original language Dutch, Arabic
Status Completed
Category Shorts
Year 2011


Cast Nabil Mallat, Moraad El Kasmi, Werner De Smedt, Junior Mthombeni, Manou Kersting, Elisabeth Puglia
Photography Robrecht Heyvaert
Editing Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Music Jonas Meersmans

Technical specs

Running time film 23'
Release format RED HD
Aspect ratio 2.35
Sound format Joeri Verspecht & The greenroom
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (Best Short); International Short Film Festival Leuven 2011 (Audiance Award); VAF Wildcard 2011

Brothers, Dura Lex Big in Baghdad

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s VAF Wildcard-winning short Brothers grabbed the First Prize at this year’s fourth edition of the Baghdad International Film Festival (3-7 October). The third prize also went to a Flemish short: Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex.

Still from Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's BrothersBrothers (pictured on the right) tells the tragic story of two young men of the same age that follow opposite paths in their lives, which cross in the end. The fest’s International Jury considered it ‘a film with a well-written script and a perfect dramatic structure, with strong characters, that is emotionally touching and full of tension.’

Published on Sunday 14 October 2012

Brothers goes global

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's short film Brothers is set for a triple international screening with selections confirmed for the Netherlands Film Festival (26 Sept – 5 Oct), the Baghdad Film Festival (3 - 7 Oct) and the International Student Film&Video Festival of the Beijing Film Academy (4 – 11 Nov). The directors' duo also just wrapped the multicultural comedy series Bergica that is expected to air on Flemish TV channel Acht this fall.

BrothersEl Arbi and Fallah's short Brothers kicked off successfully by grabbing a VAF Wildcard. The film went on to win the Audience Award at the Leuven International Short Film Festival and was chosen Best Student Film at the Ghent Film Festival last year. Together with Kenneth Mercken's The Letter, the film was also in the running to be nominated for this year's Student Academy Awards.

Published on Thursday 13 September 2012

Brothers and The Letter in line for Student Academy Awards

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s short film Brothers and Kenneth Mercken’s The Letter will represent Flanders at this year’s 39th Student Academy Awards. On 9 June the winners of the Student Awards, aka the Oscars for best student films, will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

BrothersIn total, 51 entries from 29 different countries are competing in the Best Foreign Student Film category. 518 entries from students representing 105 US colleges and universities are challenging each other in the categories Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative.

Published on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Short Cinema celebrated at Leuven Short Fest

The 17th edition of the Leuven International Short Film Festival (3-10 December) again highlights talented short cinema from Flanders. With a strong Flemish short film competition, the VAF Wildcards and a number of professional activities, Leuven is for a short time the epicenter of short cinema in Flanders.

Leuven International Short Film Festival2011 has been a strong year for Flemish shorts with the Cannes Jury Award for Wannes Destoop’s Swimsuit 46 and the Grand Prize in Valladolid for Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky. Now the IKL fest has selected 20 short films from promising directors who may give us a new wave of international Awards in the future.

Published on Wednesday 7 December 2011

VAF Wildcards 2011 announced

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has once again awarded five promising graduation filmmakers with a VAF Wildcard. This year’s winners are Kenneth Mercken’s The Letter and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s Brothers in the fiction category, Kenneth Michiels’s Twenty-One + Seven and Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir for Documentary and Boris Sverlow’sShattered Past for Animation.

The VAF Wildcard winners of 2011The VAF Wildcards are aimed at giving young filmmaking talent a chance to embark on a first professional project by providing a (starting) budget of €40,000 or €60,000, plus a professional coach. Now in its seventh edition, the VAF Wildcards have quickly become the most important awards in Flanders.

Published on Thursday 8 December 2011

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