Brother's Keeper Ferit Karahan

Edition: Istanbul 2021


Ukraine, Turkey
Production company: Protim V.P

Premieres: 2022 Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema Dramatic Competition / Berlinale Panorama



July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk district of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, disputed territory in the early days of the Donbas war. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of flight MH17 elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment.

As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka re- fuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by armed forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house.


Director: Maryna Er Gorbach
Writer: Maryna Er Gorbach
Editor: Maryna Er Gorbach

Producer: Mehmet Bahadir Er
Co-producer: Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi

Cast: Oxana Cherkashyna, Sergiy Shadrin, Oleg Scherbina, Oleg Shevchuk, Artur Aramyan, Evgenij Efremov

Length: 100 min

International sales: Protim V.P