The Sundance Film Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions for independent filmmakers. Steve Hoover, a disciple and filmmaker from the International Church of Christ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, created a documentary called Blood Brother and submitted it to the 2013 festival--and won! We’re proud to announce that Blood Brother won first place among all US Documentaries, earning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award!
Blood Brother tells the story of Steve's best friend Rocky Braat (pronounced "Brot"), another disciple who sacrificed his life of wealth and security in the United States in order to adopt a life of serving at an orphanage in India. The orphanage, started by HOPE worldwide, provides care for HIV/AIDS affected children. It went on to premiere in New York, Los Angeles, and several theatres across the United States. It also won several awards at other film festivals this year (see list below). It may even be nominated for an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards--as some Sundance winners have also won Oscars. In this report we'll take you inside Blood Brother.
Rocky and Steve met in college, where they not only became best friends, but also became brothers in Christ. They studied the Bible at the same time and were baptized on the same day. As Steve says, they lived parallel lives. After college, Rocky began his career working at a national magazine. His corporate work gave him monetary success, but left him unfulfilled. Wanting to do more with his life, he quit his job and went on a three-month trip in India. While in Chennai he casually paid a visit to the Aris Home of HOPE where he met the HIV/AIDS affected orphans. The children there live in extreme poverty, suffer ridicule from their neighbors, and struggle day by day to survive their illness. Rocky never had a heart for children, yet after spending a whole month at the orphanage, he found his calling. When he returned to the US he sold everything he had and bought a one-way plane ticket back to India--this time carrying a suitcase of toys.
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Blood Brother chronicles the next year of Rocky’s life from Steve’s point of view. After resisting Rocky’s initial invitations, Steve eventually decided to visit him in India. Having worked for years as a professional videographer he brought his camera equipment along with him. Amazed by what he saw, he began filming Rocky’s adventures, joys, and pains in his day-to-day life with the children.
Rock grew up in a troubled family himself and the documentary reveals how his sacrifices lead him to find a new family in India. He became a father figure to the orphans, becoming a source of encouragement and discipline. He takes care of the children and helps them to pull through their weaknesses caused by AIDS. However, some of the children do not survive the sickness. Rocky must learn how to cope over the loss of loved ones and persevere through the daily stresses of living in India. Blood Brother shows how one man’s love can powerfully impact the lives of many.
The story of Blood Brother is powerful to say the least. Rocky's life is an example for all of us, showing us what it means to love "the least of these," as Jesus says in Matthew 25. Steve also did at blow-away job with his filming and editing. The film is filled with beautiful footage of the children and scenes from the Aris Home of HOPE and also includes several staggering scenes that help us to understand what a life of poverty looks like in Chennai, India. Some scenes are hard to watch without breaking out into a smile. Other scenes, especially scenes of the children breaking out in AIDS related diseases, are gut-wrenching and penetrate to the soul. In all of this, Blood Brother proves itself as an honest glimpse of Rocky's life in India.
Here at HotNews, we give two thumbs up for Blood Brother. Well done Rocky and Steve. We have much more to say about this phenomenal film, so we will discuss it further in an upcoming ICOC HotNews video. Please be praying for Blood Brother to win an Oscar nomination by the Academy Awards for the 2013 Best Documentary.
Special Note: All filmmaker proceeds are donated to the children seen in the film and to HIV/AIDS initiatives.
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WINNER Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize
WINNER Sundance 2013 Audience Award
WINNER Hot Docs 2013 Audience Award
WINNER Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Audience Award, International Section
WINNER Atlanta 2013 Audience Award for Best Feature
WINNER Milano Film Festival Awards Best Documentary
WINNER Gdansk Documentary Festival Audience Award
WINNER Big Sky Documentary Festival Best Feature
WINNER Kansas International Film Festival Audience Award
WINNER Crested Butte Festival Audience Award
WINNER Crested Butte Festival ACT Award
WINNER Thin Line Documentary Festival Audience Award
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