Brother Number One
Date to be confirmed
Film screening from 8pm followed by a Q &A sharing with Rob Hamill (the film's key subject).
Proceeds from all ticket sales go to the charity Hagar
This will be the second screening of this film at She Chocoat. We found it deeply moving and impactful in our lives... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (five chocolate stars)
About The Film
Through Olympic rower and Trans-Atlantic rowing champion Rob Hamill’s personal story, Brother Number One explores one of the “forgotten” genocides of the 20th century - examining how and why nearly 2 million Cambodians could be killed by a fanatical regime known as the Khmer Rouge.
“Brother Number One” was the name that Pol Pot, the leader of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia, gave himself. Kerry Hamill was also “brother number one” the oldest boy in the large Hamill family of Whakatane, New Zealand. In 1978, the lives of the two “brother number ones” collided when Kerry Hamill was captured, tortured and executed by the regime. Brother Number One grapples with the struggle to forgive versus the anger that Rob feels, the same trauma that grips a whole country and the global Cambodian community.
The highly acclaimed film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Annie Goldson (Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, An Island Calling) and produced by Pan Pacific Films and BNO Productions.
"Despite its grim subject, the film is actually never gratuitously horrifying. Hamill's unpretentious blend of salt-of-the-earth honesty and emotional vulnerability adds up an inspiring figure - a man who wrestles with the urges for revenge and closure. Watching him do so makes us all bigger people somehow."
Rating: M (content may disturb) In English and Khmer with English subtitles
Verdict: A minor masterpiece
- Peter Caldwell, NZ Herald