In the charming tragicomedy Bratan, two brothers from the city travel in a rickety freight train through Central Asia on their way to their father, a doctor, hoping for a better life. The moving debut film by Tajik director Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov about brotherly love, growing up, vitality and ideals has been digitally restored.
Seventeen-year-old Farukh and seven-year-old Azamat are two brothers from a small Tajik town, raised by their grandmother after their parents separated. They decide to travel to their father in a distant city, where he works as a doctor in a sanatorium. Their train journey through Tajikistan takes them over hills and mountains, towns and villages, all the way to the Afghan border.
With very little money, the Tajik director managed to make his charming debut film, full of subtle humor and fantastic images of a puffing old locomotive crossing the vast steppe-like landscape.