Blood Brother—a documentary chronicling a Pittsburgh native’s travels through India and his life-changing interactions with HIV-positive orphans—will be screened at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Fri., Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Hicks Chapel Auditorium. The film won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A $5 donation is suggested and all funds will benefit LIGHT (Living to Inspire Global Healing Today). Danny Yourd, the film’s producer and fellow Pittsburgher, will be available for questions during the screening.
Blood Brother is the story of Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past who went traveling through India without a plan. He met a group of HIV-positive children living in an orphanage—a meeting that changed everything for him. Rocky left his life, friends, and career to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India. He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy. And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.