The Documentary Film ‘Brother Number One’ has been doing the rounds at a raft of international film festivals over the past few months and look to be entering yet another one to the list at the end of the month in France.
The story of New Zealand rower Rob Hamill’s search for the truth behind his brother Kerry Hamill’s imprisonment and execution at the notorious S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh. Rob Hamill rose to fame in his native New Zealand as an Olympic rower and later went on to row around the world, as featured in his book The Naked Rower. He decided to return to Cambodia to discover what really happened to his brother Kerry and his two friends after their boat, The Foxy Lady, drifted into Cambodian waters in 1978.
Returning to Cambodia was a highly emotional journey for Rob and the film crew. As well as travelling to locations as diverse as Koh Tang Island, Tuol Sleng Prison and the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin, Rob also confronted Comrade Duch, former Commandant of S-21 Prison, at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh. Line Producer Kulikar Sotho became increasingly involved in the film, as she sought to help Rob discover the truth and in turn learn more about the disappearance of her Father, her Uncle and other relatives during the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia. Together they uncovered more information about the death of loved ones as they journeyed through Cambodia confronting former revolutionaries about their role in the time of Democratic Kampuchea.
Premiered in Auckland in July 2011, it has received widespread from film critics and is being earmarked for film festivals and a general release in New Zealand and Australia. Hanuman Films was intimately involved in this production with Kulikar Sotho working as Line Producer and joining Rob Hamill on screen as he journeyed into a painful past. Hanuman also provided permissions and logistical support throughout the shoot.
Now the director Annie Goldson is heading to the international festival of audiovisual programs in France at the end of this month to screen the film.
Here are the screening locations and times:
Friday 27 January
Gamaritz ( Gare du Midi ) 8:15pm
Saturday 28 January
Auditorium (La Bellevue ) 9:30am
More information on the film at the festival can be found at the official festival website
We would like to wish Annie and Rob the best of luck at yet another international film festival.