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  • American Rocky Braat travels to India as a tourist, but stays to care for HIV-positive children.

    American Rocky Braat travels to India as a tourist, but stays to care for HIV-positive children.

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  • Rocky describes his first encounter with the children and why he decided to stay.

    Rocky describes his first encounter with the children and why he decided to stay.

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  • Pizza and stories are two ways that Rocky helps cheer up the children.

    Pizza and stories are two ways that Rocky helps cheer up the children.

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  • Meet Surya, Kowsala, and Sattish - just three of the HIV-positive children Rocky helps care for.

    Meet Surya, Kowsala, and Sattish - just three of the HIV-positive children Rocky helps care for.

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  • Rocky and Surya

    Rocky and Surya

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  • Rocky and Surya

    Rocky and Surya

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  •  Rocky and the kids on his first trip to India

    Rocky and the kids on his first trip to India

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  • Rocky and Surya

    Rocky and Surya

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  • Rocky

    Rocky

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  • Steve & Rocky

    Steve & Rocky

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  • Steve Hoover, Director

    Steve Hoover, Director

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The Film

The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed.

Rocky Braat was dissatisfied with his life in America, and traveled to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV, he decided to stay and devote his life to them. Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with these kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair proves to be an invaluable resource.

Blood Brother, a moving documentary feature directed by Rocky’s longtime friend Steve Hoover, traces Rocky’s story of working in the village of Tamil Nadu, India for several years. The film illustrates his commitment to the children and their families who face life and death situations on a daily basis.

The Filmmakers

  1. Steve HooverDirector
  2. Danny YourdProducer