Brother to Brother

Released 2004


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Brother to Brother is a dramatic film about the struggles of gay men in America today. Perry (Anthony Mackie) is a young art student who has difficulty dealing with the stereotypes associated with being both gay and black. After being kicked out of his father's home, he meets Bruce Nugent (Roger Robinson) through a chance encounter at a homeless shelter. Nugent has the same sexual orientation and ethnicity as Perry, and he delights in telling Perry about what it was like to live through the Harlem Renaissance. Through his stories about Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata), Wallace Thurman (Ray Ford) and Zora Neale Hurston (Aunjanue Ellis), Perry learns to appreciate his own self-worth. Brother to Brother was written and directed by Rodney Evans and won a series of awards including the Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Award from the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Jury Award from the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The film is studded with nifty supporting portrayals, with Burns and Ford (in his film debut) especially notable. But it's the rich presence and easy authority of Robinson that bri...

  • 60

    Variety David Rooney

    The film's transitions between periods are not entirely seamless and its discourse often becomes didactic. However, the depth and intelligence it brings to issues of black politics...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Filled with ideas and some nice acting, particularly from Mr. Mackie and Mr. Robinson, both of whom hold the screen easily, Mr. Evans has crammed a great deal of thought and a lot ...

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Social Issues, Independent, Gay & Lesbian