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Be My Brother

By Michelle Martin
Published September 29, 2009

Have you seen this short film?

It was the winner of a short film festival in Australia called Tropfest.

It's called "Be My Brother", and it has a lot to say about how we treat both those we love and strangers we might meet at a bus stop.

It isn't maudlin in the least, for all that it is moving. It's about seven minutes long, and outstanding not only for its execution, but also for the exceptional performance of the actor who plays the main character.

One of my pet peeves is that intellectually disabled characters in major films are played by Hollywood stars (in a transparent Oscar beg), when there are others who are perfectly skilled actors and much, much more believable.

Michelle Martin lives in Hamilton where she and her husband are watching their 10 children fly the nest, one by one. She has been published in both the Hamilton Spectator and Raise the Hammer, as well as in the online edition of the National Post and, more recently, in the Canadian Urban Transit Association's Urban Mobility Forum. Michelle is coordinator of the Community Access to Transportation program. She was formerly on the writing/copy editing team of the original Crown Point hub paper, The Point. However, the opinions she expresses in Raise the Hammer are her own. She sometimes tweets @deltawestmom

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By highwater (registered) | Posted September 29, 2009 at 09:53:48

That was lovely. Thanks for sharing this.

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By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted September 29, 2009 at 10:46:37

I agree that this was heart warming. Thanks Michelle

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