The project, which Albuliwi will direct, and will also see Alex Akoka, Jason Dreyer, and Todd Remis join as executive producers, centers on a U.S. veteran of the Iraq War who is forced to return to the Middle East after ISIS kidnaps his estranged brother. Inspired by the true story of a former American soldier who traveled from a small Wisconsin town to war-torn Syria in order to join the People’s Protection Unit, Albuliwi himself traveled to southern Turkey to interview members of the Kurdish militia groups and People’s Protection Unit, crafting his story from elements of the real world conflicts these units face on a daily basis.
Prior to A Brotherhood, Brooklyn-born Albuliwi wrote the provocative and politically-charged TV pilot “Radicalized”, directed the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival winner “Peace After Marriage”, and wrote and directed last year’s award-winning short film “Azadeh”. Additionally, he is an MFA grad of AFI – the American Film Institute, and a recipient of the 2009 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Television Directing Fellowship.
In addition to “Under the Silver Lake”, Moscow previously produced “Hellbenders”, “Thirst Street” and the recently released “Desolation”
The project is currently casting, with a planned start date of late 2018 / early 2019.
Albuliwi is represented by Randy Kiyan of Luber Roklin Entertainment.