Free one-time screening hosted by WVU School of Public Health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Public Health will be hosting a one-time screening of the Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning documentary “Blood Brother” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 in the WVU Health Sciences Center’s Okey Patteson Auditorium. The screening is free, courtesy of Mylan.

“Blood Brother” is an emotional and compelling film about a young Pittsburgh man named Rocky Braat, who finds his life’s purpose in an orphanage for HIV-positive children while traveling through India. The film was made by Braat’s best friend, Pittsburgh filmmaker Steve Hoover, who went to Chennai, India, to better understand his friend’s new life.

Hoover will attend the screening in Morgantown and answer questions from the audience.

At times intense and other times humorous, the film underscores the continued urgency around HIV/AIDS in children around the globe and the essential role that is filled by treatment and care programs.

People attending the screening may park in Mountaineer Station. A reception with light refreshments will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby outside the auditorium, and the question-and-answer session with the director will follow the film.

All filmmaker profits from “Blood Brother” are donated to the orphanage and to other HIV/AIDS initiatives.

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year to unite people worldwide in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to honor those who have died from the disease.

For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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