Brother to Brother (film)

2004 film by Rodney Evans

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Brother to Brother
Brother to brother.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byRodney Evans
Written byRodney Evans
Produced byRodney Evans
Jim McKay
Isen Robbins
Aimee Schoof
StarringAnthony Mackie
Roger Robinson
Duane Boutte
CinematographyHarlan Bosmajian
Edited bySabine Hoffmann
Music byBarney McAll
Marc Anthony Thompson
Dave Warrin
Distributed byWolfe Releasing
Release date
  • January 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$80,906[1]

Brother to Brother is a 2004 film written and directed by Rodney Evans and released in 2004. The film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival before playing the gay and lesbian film festival circuit, with a limited theatrical release in late 2004.


Black art student Perry (Anthony Mackie) who lives in the college dormitory after his parents bar him from home when they discover he is gay. He is romantically pursued by another student but his prospective boyfriend, who is European-American, says something he considers racist so he ends the relationship. At a social loose end, He befriends an elderly, impoverished African-American man named Bruce (Roger Robinson), whom he discovers was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Through recalling his friendships with other important Harlem Renaissance figures Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata), Aaron Douglas (Leith M. Burke), Wallace Thurman (Ray Ford) and Zora Neale Hurston (Aunjanue Ellis), Bruce chronicles some of the challenges he faced as a young, black, gay writer in the 1920s. Perry discovers that the challenges of homophobia and racism he faces in the early 21st century closely parallel Bruce's.


The film was inspired by a 1991 anthology titled Brother to Brother: New Writing by Black Gay Men. The editing of the book was started by Joseph Beam and, when he died in 1988, finished by Essex Hemphill. Evans chose the title. In an interview after the film's release, Evans said: "I thought of the film as a cinematic corollary to that book, which looked at Black gay life from different perspectives. I thought the piece was about relationships between Black men; the relationships were not necessarily sexual and the men were not necessarily gay."[2]



The film received positive reviews from critics, who applauded its handling of themes of queer community and racial turmoil and fetishization. At NPR, Allison Keyes wrote that "the voices of gay activists were often silenced during the civil rights movement and, before that, the Harlem Renaissance" and "Brother to Brother examines this silence."[3]

Michael D. Klemm wrote in Cinema Queer that the film is "a revelation," "beautifully acted and directed" and "almost overflows with ideas."[4]

Awards and nominations

Home media

Brother to Brother was released on Region 1 DVD on June 14, 2004.


  1. ^ "Brother to Brother (2004) - Box Office Mojo".
  2. ^ Davis, Andrew. "Rodney Evans: Talking Brother to Brother". Windy City Times. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Keyes, Allison. "'Brother To Brother': Blacks and Homosexuality". Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Klemm, Michael D. "Sentimental Journey". Cinema Queer. Retrieved November 21, 2021.

Further reading

  • Padva, Gilad (2014). Black Nostalgia: Poetry, Ethnicity, and Homoeroticism in Looking for Langston and Brother to Brother. In Padva, Gilad, Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture, pp. 199–226. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-137-26633-0.

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