Blood Brother

Blood Brother


About the Film

Why would someone leave everything behind to devote their life to helping others? Director Steve Hoover explores that question in Blood Brother, the remarkable story of his long-time friend Rocky Braat, who did exactly that. A young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, Braat went traveling through India without a plan. There he met a group of HIV-positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him. MORE

Braat left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Filmmaker Steve Hoover was intrigued and unnerved by his best friend’s radical life change. In an effort to find out what compelled him to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Braat's story, following him to India.

He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But in the midst of all these troubles, he also saw their deep joy, and came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it. Blood Brother is a story of friendship and of life stripped down to its essence.


The Filmmaker

Steve Hoover

Steve Hoover has been directing commercials and music videos for a number of years. His work has been shown on virtually every media outlet, and has amassed over 100 million YouTube views. Steve is a director at Animal, a production and VFX facility in Pittsburgh, PA. Blood Brother is his first feature film. LESS

Would you ever drop everything to make a major life change? Was Rocky taking a big risk or getting in over his head, in order to work with these children?

AWARDS

  • 2013 International Documentary Association
    Humanitas Award
  • 2013 Sundance
    Grand Jury Prize
  • 2013 Thessaloniki Film Festival
    Audience Award
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Would you ever drop everything to make a major life change? Was Rocky taking a big risk or getting in over his head, in order to work with these children?