DOK LEIPZIG 31 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2016
59TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Brother Jakob


Brother Jakob


CATALOGUE TEXT
Jakob had his epiphany in the Moroccan mountains where he came across an English language edition of the Quran and converted to Islam. That day changed his relationship with his family, relatives and friends fundamentally. Especially the one with his brother, the director of this very personal film about an alienation. For two years he followed Jakob’s development as the latter quickly radicalised himself and considers himself a Salafist. His attitude became doctrinaire. Believing meant not doubting.

This transformation is hard to bear for the family. His wife in a full black veil causes an argument at a family meeting – one of the most exciting moments which condenses the lack of understanding for Jakob’s way in one cipher: the veil. The camera captures Jakob’s reaction, a mixture of disturbance and the helplessness of a little boy. But then a surprising turn of events opens a door and the brothers start a new dialogue. This very special relationship between the director and his protagonists allows rare insights into the inner world of a young man who is earnestly searching for spiritual support in this world.

Matthias Heeder


Nominated for Goethe-Institute Documentary Film Prize

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The annotation to the Official Selection films were written by the members of the Selection Committee. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2016 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.