Update on Rocky Braat

Rocky Braat, Steve Hoover, Danny Yourd

Rocky Braat (left) with Blood Brother filmmakers Steve Hoover and Danny Yourd

Those (many) of you who watched Steve Hoover’s documentary Blood Brother on Independent Lens are no doubt curious as to what the film’s central character (and what a character) Rocky Braat is up to these days. Well, we reached out to the filmmaker as a follow-up to our recent Q&A, and got the following update:

Rocky and Nimmy are doing very well. It’s been really Rocky_Surya_2incredible to see so many people reach out to help the kids. We really hope to extend support to other orphanages, which Rocky is in the process of doing. We’re about to begin construction on a modest place for Rocky and Nimmy to live in the village, which will couple as the the first “halfway home” for kids transitioning out of the orphanage to adulthood. There are also plans being drawn to build a second halfway home. On top of that, many needs have been met as a result of people connecting with the film, all of which we are grateful for.

Surya has completely recovered, his health is good and he’s back in school. We were fortunate to bring him to the US this past August for a few weeks. We took him to my hometown of Carrolltown PA, where one of my nieces developed a crush on him. I think she was drawn to his confidence and of course, his charm.

The kids are doing well overall. There have been new children that have since moved in that I haven’t met yet. I hope to make a trip to see everyone in February. If people have further questions or specific updates they are curious about, they can email us at social@bloodbrotherfilm.com.

About Craig Phillips

ITVS/Independent Lens Interactive Editor and film nerd, based in San Francisco.
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  • sarahubbert919@gmail.com

    These people are awe inspiring!! I think God takes time out to create special people like this to remind us of how we should treat one another and for us to see how precious life is! Thank you so much for allowing us to see this!!

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  • MrsWinkleman

    What a wonderful story. Thank you Rocky and thank you all who have the courage to do this kind of work. It is incredible to see this, God bless.

  • Dimples93950 .

    You are amazingly selfless Rocky. By God’s grace you have truly found ‘home’ and through You…..the children have love and comfort…family. God Bless you all!

  • shailesh musley PhD

    Love you rocky!
    Love you surya!!
    Love is all you need…..

    Totally amazing work for the world to see and be kind and loving to one another.

  • Sarah

    I LOVED this film. My mom and I could not stop crying. Thanks to the beautiful souls who participated. So happy to hear that Surya has recovered <3

  • sherri james

    Rocky you are the hands and feet of Jesus <3 Every breath you take and every move you make has been an eternal treasure!

  • Bobbie M

    Touching and powerful documentary. I’m so glad to have found it “accidentally” on Netflix.