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Brother to Brother (2004)



Critic Consensus: Led by two fine lead performances, Brother to Brother is a moving and thought-provoking dramatization of the Harlem Renaissance.

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This feature length narrative film follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young, black, gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance.

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Duane Boutté
as Young Bruce Nugent
Bradley Cole
as MacAllister
Ray Ford
as Wally
Roger Robinson
as Bruce Nugent
Michael Mosley
as White Man #1 on subway platform
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Critic Reviews for Brother to Brother

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (20)

... it is more than welcome, full of generous quotations and ancestor worship-a memory book, a bildungsroman, and practically a palimpsest, with the past written over but not at all erased, still signifying.

January 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Evans's admirable desire to introduce a misunderstood era's legacy to a wider public helps to excuse the film's occasional clunky dialogue and narrative longueurs.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly.

April 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An uneven but provocative drama.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

A very good drama about the difficulties of being young, black, and gay. With a bigger budget and a sharper focus, it might have been a great one.

February 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Works far better as an idea than its execution.

January 27, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brother to Brother


A friend's recommendation reminded me that I saw this stunning documentary-style-film on PBS's Independent Lens. The literary world of the Harlem Renaissance is more central to this than homosexuality amongst African American men (see Paris is Burning for the best film on that topic). It's admirable unabashed reality and as result, quite depressing at moments with an overall tone of bittersweetness. I think this is a very important film for young artists, especially writers, to see.

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