Teen Screen

An Educational Field Trip that Changes Attitudes – and Lives

Blood Brother


Winner - Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award; recommended for grades 9-12

92 minutes


Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and troubled past, left his life, friends, and career to travel 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.  In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to reject his life in Pittsburgh, PA, for a life of unspeakable hardship in India, his best friend decided to trace Rocky’s story, resulting in this beautiful film.

Theme: Human Rights/Social Action

Sub-Themes: Altruism, Coming-of-Age, Friendship, Belonging, Abandonment, Survival