Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Blood Brother

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Blood Brother

Article excerpt

Directed by Steve Hoover

U.S. Documentary

Blood Brother is clearly intended to be a savior movie. At the very beginning of the movie, Rocky's grandfather tells a story about a cat that has been badly injured. Rocky won't kill the cat, but nurtures the cat back to health and the cat not only lives but survives. Later in the film, Rocky refuses to give up on one of the children in the orphanage. Against all odds, and with the constant nursing care of Rocky, the child survives. It is like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.

One summer Rocky Braat makes an impromptu visit to India. Disillusioned by the tour, Rocky found himself working in an orphanage for children with HIV. He stayed with the children until his visa ran out. When he returned home, he applied for another visa and convinced his long time friend, Steve Hoover, to return with him to India to film his work at the orphanage. The movie is Hoover's account of life and conditions in the orphanage, as seen through the eyes of his friend. In the end Rocky marries an Indian woman so he is able to stay in India permanently.

Rocky is known in the orphanage as Rocky Anna, which means "brother. …

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