Joseph and his Brothers

‘Joseph and his brothers’ is a film about a regular day in the life of Joseph, a man wandering in purgatory, stuck between train stations, amusement parks, and museums, looking to make sense of his existence.

  • Jean-Michel Brawand
  • Jean-Michel Brawand
  • Jean-Michel Brawand
  • Youssef Aboutahir
    Key Cast
  • Alanis Todeschini
    Sound Designer
  • Jean-Michel Brawand
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, French
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Horror Unleashed
    October 1, 2021
  • Duka Film Festival
    September 12, 2020
    World premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jean-Michel Brawand

Jean-Michel Brawand is a Filipino-Swiss filmmaker, who grew up in Asia and Europe. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, where he specialised in painting and video. Currently, he lives in Berlin, where he gives lectures about the link between the history of the Moving-Image and consciousness. His first feature-length film, ‘Moksha’, is now in the stage of post-production, and is set to be released later this year.

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Director Statement

In 2019, having lived in Berlin for a year, I went back to Switzerland for the summer wishing to make sense of an unhappier time in my life. I reconnected with a good friend of mine, Youssef, who I’d known since I was 16, who had also experienced similar traumas and setbacks living there. Together, we thought it may be interesting to visit places around Geneva and Lausanne that were important to us, so as to see what kind of feelings may arise when reencountering these spaces.

Although ‘Joseph and his brothers’ does contain a strong documentary component, the intent was not to render a wholly factual narrative, but to attempt something more allegorical, that would take elements of our shared biography and unconscious, and turn them into something more akin to a tale. In doing so, the film could therefore bypass the need for a more objective resolution, and instead, evoking feelings and sensations that would force the viewer into a more visceral experience, where they would get a deeper sense of Joseph’s world, and could feel before understanding.