Blood Brother
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Blood Brother is the story of a group of children infected with HIV and Rocky Braat, a disenchanted young American that met them while drifting through India. They were left on the doorstep of a slum orphanage by their families: he had bounced between parents and jobs his whole life. He wanted to adopt them all, but in reality, he couldn't cure even one of them. He had to stay. Today, he lives in a concrete hut a few hundred yards from the orphanage. Every day he encounters the bitter reality of HIV infection. People in the nearby village have tried to force the orphans out because they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"In contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation -- in this case, the need to share love."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
""Love is making someone who is sad feel happy," one girl says, answering an interviewer's question. "Blood Brother" showed me that love. I doubt I'll be the only one."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"A documentary with an originally structured first-person narrative. But it is still insufficiently directed, and some of what it omits makes it seem suspect."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet."
‑ Jason Anderson, The Grid
"There is a tension created by the film as we have to wrestle with our own cynicism about people who make grand sacrifices, their reasons for making them, and the ways in which others tell their stories."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"Blood Brother is about as well-meaning as a doc can be, yet its humanitarian message is often tainted by the ceaseless demands for attention stemming from the fragile ego of its subject, rootless young American Rocky Braat."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Braat's galling and enabled narcissism ... pervades the film."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"For all their carefully performed camera-awareness, the film is also strikingly precious, seemingly utterly unaware of the clichés it's using."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Blood Brother is an uneasy marriage between idealism and vanity."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"If you're thinking you don't want to see another AIDS documentary, please keep in mind that this isn't anything harrowing or self-important. It's really Rocky's story, and it's a truly amazing story of selflessness and heroism."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A deeply affecting psychological portrait of a young do-gooder as he adapts to the regularity of tragedy in his new life."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Braat is clearly adored by the children. "It took some time to train my mind" to see past their disease, he admits. But he's clearly found his home."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Braat's choices remain a mystery throughout, something that adds to the appeal of this unusual documentary."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"What starts out as a profile of filmmaker Hoover's best pal turns into a remarkable journey into the human soul."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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