This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Over 65 million men, from over 40 countries, were mobilized as a result.
An estimated 17 million men and women were killed during the four year period.
That accounts to roughly 12,000 deaths for every day of the War.
The average soldier's age was 19.
When a young British soldier deserts his battalion in the heat of World War I, he must seek refuge in a nearby barn only to find an unexpected threat.
Charlie, a newly drafted British soldier, abandons his battalion after his first battle. Seeking refuge, he escapes to a nearby barn, only to discover he is not alone. Paul, a wounded German soldier, holds Charlie at gunpoint until they realize they are both hiding from a common enemy. Paul enters critical condition as soldiers begin to encroach on their position, forcing Charlie to decide between saving himself or his newfound comrade.
History has always been a passion of mine. It is one big story, after all. To me, the most interesting part of this story is not the statistics, but the humanistic account.
2014-2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of First World War. WWI was a monumental turning point in modern society, ushering in a new age of geopolitics. Over 65 million men, from over 40 countries, were mobilized as a result. The trench warfare was deadly. An estimated 17 million men and women were killed during the four-year period.
Through an investigation of primary and secondary documents, I found this period of history extremely fascinating. There was no clear cause of the War and soldiers were sent to fight solely on the agenda of nationalism. The average soldier’s age was 19, only a one year away from my own age during the time of production.
How could one wrap their head around this unfathomable sense of loss? And for what? The gray area was staggering. That is when I started to tap into an inspiration of mine: World War I poetry. Poets such as A.E. Houseman, Rupert Brooke, Carl Sandberg and others captured this surreal sense of disillusionment. Delving deep into their poetry, I found issues of nationalism and morality that are still pertinent today.
Blood Brothers explores the ambivalence of war. The arbitrary borders between deserter and soldier, brother and enemy. I hope my film shines a humanitarian light not only on the tragedies of World War I, but also on our current political landscape. Decisions are usually gray, not black in white, even in the movies.