The Hope College Knickerbocker Spring Film series continues with the film “Blood Brother” on Monday-Thursday, Jan. 20-23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. Due to the inclement weather affecting West Michigan, the college has canceled presentations originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25.
The film is not rated.
The documentary “Blood Brother,” winner of the Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize, centers on Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, who went traveling through India without a plan. When he met a group of HIV-positive children living in an orphanage, everything changed for him and he left his life, friends and career in Pittsburgh, Pa., to live with the kids.
Filmmaker Steve Hoover, his best friend, was unsettled and intrigued by the 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.
Tickets for “Blood Brother” are $6 for regular admission and $5 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children. Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the ticket offices in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Ave.) and the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.