15 Devastating Documentaries That Mustn't Be Ignored
7. Blood Brother (Steve Hoover, 2013)
The film begins with a young Indian girl being rushed to hospital on the back of a motorcycle, ridden by the subject of this film, Rocky Braat. As they wait and curse a slow passing train at a level crossing, the girl dies in the arms of her father, and straight off the bat, you know this is going to be tough. Young and disillusioned with America, Rocky travelled India in the hope of finding himself, but what he found instead was an uncontrollable love for the people at an orphanage for children with HIV, where he volunteered for a short time. Once the trip was over and he returned to America, he felt lost and incomplete, so with his best friend and film maker Steve Hoover, he headed back to surprise the children, and what follows is one hell of a roller-coaster. Each of the children are HIV positive and gravely ill, yet glow with love for life and with hope - exactly what Rocky seems to require in order to breath. Simultaneously heart-wrenching and warming, this demonstration of total selflessness is enough to make you ashamed that you aren't doing more yourself, but will totally restore your faith in humanity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE8mmV8eg3Y
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