Blood Brother Review - The Story of Rocky Braat and The Orphans He Loves

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Blood Brother, from Roco Films and Tugg Inc, brings to the screen the story of Rocky Braat, a wandering soul who found life among the abandoned, dispossessed, orphaned AIDS children of Tamil Nadu, India.

Directed by Steve Hoover, Blood Brother was written by Tyson Vanskiver and Phinehas Hodge. Hoover, a lifelong friend, interweaves his story of Braat and as the film progresses his personal reactions to life among the displaced in Tamil Nadu, India.

Blood Brother details the ravages of AIDS on the children and an American, a graphic design artist from Pennsylvania, who on a whim decides to travel to India and found his calling.

Rocky Braat grew up in Pittsburgh. He came from an abusive home. His mother was an addict and lived with a series of abusive men. Rocky witnessed and suffered abuse. He did not know his father until age seven. He described himself, half joking, as a “real SPED.” A special education student, who struggled through high school and through some miracle he got it together, graduated and enrolled in an Art design school where he met Steve Hoover.

The two became fast friends, Rocky was trying to build life out of broken pieces, and he and Hoover were both incrementally moving forward.

Finding employment on a national magazine, with his past securely packed away, hidden and out of sight, Rocky was progressing and still there was an emptiness in his soul, a void. So he quit his job and decided to travel.

India, of any nation has the largest amount of AID/HIV orphans with approximately four million documented cases. The stigma attached to AIDS, may have softened in more progressive nations, like the United States, unfortunately third world nations such as India, have seen an increase in AIDS related discriminationand shunning.

India’s caste system regulates AIDS/HIV children to the lowest, the cast out, those whom society tosses like yesterday’s garbage. 

Blood Brother doesn’t shy away from depicting the truth, the children are real, the life and death situations genuine, and the way of life authentic.

It is emotionally difficult situation for any person, for nations, for NGO’s, governments, leaders of the world advanced economies and nations to witness the poorest, those through no fault of their own are now dying of a disease that stigmatize them.

The children of Blood Brother are charming and truly tug at the heartstrings. Seeing this man, who in reality, would be a cog in the American wheel, someone who would work hard and probably play harder, from blue collar, Pennsylvania, finding genuine meaning from a life of serving, becoming a protector, a father, a friend to those who are friendless, homeless and fatherless is inspirational.

Braat lives in the slums of India and has come face with face with the realities of HIV/AIDS. The children, whom he has invested time, who greet him with warm smiles, who call him affectionately Rocky-Anna, are dying. AIDS does not discriminate.

Blood Brother is brutally graphic in showing the ravages of AIDS. Open sores, where the skin has split apart, the beautiful face of a happy, lovely child, caked over by sores, his eyes sealed shut by mucus, and to the boy, who has no father, no person to comfort him, to care, we see Rocky Braat, the outcast in America, the loner, gently washing the wounds, feeding, soothing the skin until one day, months later, the child, who was, according to the physician, as good as dead, walked out of the hospital a son with the loner now a father.

Blood Brother was fully funded by Kickstarter and has won numerous festivals including the 2013 Sundance Audience and Grand Jury Prizes.

Blood Brother is worth seeing.

евакуатор луцьк
купить ортопедический матрас киев
свадебное платье купить киев

Haute Tease

  • Easier With Practice, a Kyle Patrick Alvarez Film, Provocatively Challenges Sexual Taboos

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Easier with Practice, a provocative challenging contemporary film, crosses sexual boundaries and explores sexual taboos with the determination, honesty and openness, of the1960’s generation.

  • Money News: Wall Street Closes Up; World Markets Down

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, fought off a global downturn, and finally managed to rise up after a long holiday weekend ending the first week back from the traditional summer season up stopping the mauling’s of the past two weeks.

  • Africa's Hunters – Graphic New Streaming Smithsonian Earth Series Follows Wildlife in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Africa’s Hunters from Smithsonian Earth invites viewers into this world-renowned wildlife haven to witness the around-the-clock challenges for survival of some of Africa’s fiercest predators often manifesting into stolen kills, intimidation and even cub snatching.

  • The Rise of Malort Review: How One Unique Liqueur Became Chicago's Drink of Choice

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Malort: for some, the word is foreign, but to others it brings instant memories of a bitter-tasting drink, one they've managed to avoid since they were first coerced into trying it. It's a distilled liqueur, made with wormwood—Malort is the Swedish word for wormwood, which is the same plant used in making absinthe.

  • Dr. Christopher Calapai Offers A Tip Sheet of Favorite Natural Skincare Options

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With Spring’s unpredictable weather approaching, keeping your skin healthy and glowing can be a challenge. From the heat’s dehydrating effect to humidity’s pore-clogging grief, an at-home facial is sure to provide a quick fix.

  • Child Escapes House of Horrors; Parents Arrested, Charged

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Starved, imprisoned, forced to live in squalor and mentally and emotionally deprived and are only the beginning of the abuse and torture twelve children faced in Perris, California at the hands of their parents, according to authorities.

  • It’s Spring! Past The Blahs Into The Blues

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As the seasons change and we shed the winter wools it’s time to step outside our inoculated online I-Pad world and breathe!

  • The Annual NYC “Join The Voices! Run/Walk” in Central Park

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Voices Against Brain Cancer, in partnership with New York Road Runners, will host its annual “Join the Voices! Run/Walk” on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Central Park, New York at 8:15am.

  • Money News: US, London Asian Markets Close Up; Global Markets Rally

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The four U.S. Markets, Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and Russell 2000, after suffering a mid-week meltdown and rallied on the Bureau of Labor Statistics job announcements which generated investor confidence and sent global markets soaring.

  • Tribeca Film Festival Review – The Top Ten, an Honorable Mention and Heated Controversy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival over, awards announced, statistics heralded, staff and volunteers moved on and media left to examine, write and critique the slate of films, what rises to the top is dependent on taste.

  • Celebrity Interview: A Conversation with Belle Writer Misan Sagay

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Misan Sagay, recently participating in press interviews, brings an exceptionally engaging story of an interracial love affair, scandal, passion and courage to the screen as author of the screenplay for the box office beauty "Belle" from Fox Searchlight Films.

  • Wine Uncorked: More than Just Sniff, Swirl, Sip

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Wine Uncorked, a wine lover’s recreational class, offered at the famous International Culinary Center in the Soho section of Manhattan offers the wine enthusiast the occasion to go beyond sniff, swirl and sip.

  • Luxury Auto Brands: The Top 30 Luxury, Family, Lifestyle and Travel Vehicles Ranked

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A brand can make or break an automaker. By name alone, it carries a reputation for popularity, reliability and cost. As consumers, we’re often very conscious of the vehicle brand we’re driving, since it says a lot about our tastes and preferences.  

  • mk2 Opens Doors to Europe’s Largest Permanent Virtual Reality Facility

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The newest tourist destination in Paris has opened with the launch of mk2 VR, the largest permanent virtual reality facility in Europe. Located in the heart of Paris' new 'tech district', mk2, offers the best of Virtual Reality (VR).

  • Interstellar Soundtrack with Music By Hans Zimmer Out In Time For The Holidays

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    (October 28, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA) WaterTower Music today proudly announces the November 18 release of Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music by renowned composer Hans Zimmer, whose career has earned him Grammy, Golden Globe, Classical Brit, Academy, Tony, and American Music Awards.