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Brother 2 Brother

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All you have to do in this life is stay Black and die. That's the advice Corey Lucas, a 21-year-old African Canadian, says he got from his father. But Corey is convinced he can do better.

Corey grew up wanting the fancy car, the big house, the great job and a bright future. But life in Jellybean Square, a housing project in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was a world away from those things. And when Corey's family moved to the suburbs, it only left him feeling more isolated. With a head full of dreams and empty pockets he turned to hustling: selling drugs on the street.

Brother 2 Brother revolves around Corey, now the father of a three-year-old son, as he tries to reconcile his urge to be a hustler with his need to be a responsible father and a supportive partner. Central to the film is the transformative power of a weekend retreat for young Black males, organized by BROS (the Brothers Reaching Out Society) together with the film's director, Russell Wyse.

At the heart of the film lies Wyse's conviction that despite all the odds against them young Black men can succeed if they have the will, the opportunity, and the support of a community.

Brother 2 Brother was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.


 

2004, 40 min

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