Director: Yonatan Nir
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel, India
Running Time: 78 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Sponsored by: Ellyn and Seth Lehr
MY HERO BROTHER, which took two years to organize, originated with the Israeli entrepreneur and filmmaker Enosh Cassel. In 2011, upon returning from a three-week backpacking adventure through the Himalayas with Hannan, his Down syndrome brother, Enosh received correspondence from siblings all over Israel expressing a desire to bond with their own special needs brother or sister on a similar journey. Moved by the overwhelming response to his trip, Enosh resolved to make his life-changing experience possible for other families.
Two years later, eleven remarkable young people with Down syndrome and their siblings flew to New Delhi, India, to begin an arduous two-month journey through the Indian Himalayas. In climbing 25,000 feet to the top of the mountain, some participants are pushed to their physical and emotional limits. Learning to lean on each other for strength, the brothers and sisters confront deeply buried truths about their relationships and share with the camera some of the hardships they’ve faced along the way.
Set in the visually stunning Indian Himalayas, this tender and inspirational documentary deepens our understanding of the special needs community, while avowing our vast potential for personal transformation and resilience.
Special Guests: Skype interview with Yonatan Nir, Director of My Hero Brother.
For Fans of: Adventure films, family documentaries, foreign cinema, India, Israeli cinema, uplifting films
Official Selection: Boston Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Rochester Jewish Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival
Awards: Audience Choice Award and Jury Award for Best Documentary Film at Santa Barbara International Film Festival