Our Shared Humanity

Ann Shin's award-winning documentary, My Enemy, My Brother introduces viewers to Zahed Haftlang and Najah Aboud, two child soldiers on opposite sides during the Iran-Iraq war. After viewing the film, class members are asked to reflect on the heroic actions of these two men.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups read and report on the articles referenced in the background information section
  • For those who would like to find out more about these two remarkable men, recommend a reading of their book, I, Who Did Not Die
Classroom Considerations

  • A link to the 18-minute film is provided in the Included Materials section
  • The images and descriptions are graphic and my upset viewers
  • Consider whether any class members may have links to the events in the film
Pros

  • The six-page packet includes background information on the 1980–1988 Iran-Iraq war
  • Sometimes the speakers are hard to understand; however, subtitles are provided 
Cons

  • None