Blood Brother

Year of participation 2013
Program Documentary Competition

Blood Brother
Producer(s) Danny Yourd
Director(s) Steve Hoover
Script Steve Hoover, Tyson Van Skiver, Phinehas Hodges
Director of Photography John Pope
Music by Keith Kenniff, Danny Bracken, Joe Minadeo, AJ Hochhalter, Wytold
Sound Defacto Sound
Edit Steve Hoover, Tyson VanSkiver
Cast Rocky Braat, Steve Hoover
Production company(-ies) Animal 100 First Ave, Suite 1100 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA



Rocky went to India as a disillusioned tourist.  When he met a group of children with HIV, he decided to stay and devote his life to them.  This unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed.  “Rocky Anna” (as the children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV call him, which means ‘brother’) was dissatisfied with his life in America.  Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being.  Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair, proves to be an invaluable resource. Blood Brother – a documentary feature directed by Rocky’s longtime friend, Steve Hoover, traces Rocky’s story of working in the village of Tamil Nadu, India for the past five years.  The film illustrates his commitment to the children and their families who face life and death situations on a daily basis. 



Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award, Sundance FF, USA, 2013; International Section, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Audience Award, Greece, 2013; Audience Award for Best Feature, Atlanta, USA, 2013; Best Feature, Big Sky Documentary Festival, USA, 2013; Audience Award, Thin Line Documentary Festival, Texas, USA, 2013

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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