DFP Professor and Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Peter Gilbert will present his film Brother Number One on October 25 at 7 p.m. at the WFU Byrum Welcome Center. He will also talk about the film as well as his experiences as a documentary filmmaker during a Q&A and reception following the screening.
Brother Number One is a New Zealand documentary co-directed and photographed by Gilbert. The story centers on the torture and murder of Kerry Hamill by the Khmer Rouge in 1978 and follows his younger brother, world champion rower John Dewhirst, on a journey to retrace Hamill’s steps while speaking to eyewitnesses, perpetrators, and survivors of the Cambodian genocide.
Through Rob Hamill’s personal story, Brother Number One explores one of the “forgotten” genocides of the 20th century, examining how and why nearly 2 million Cambodians could be killed by a fanatical regime known as the Khmer Rouge.
The screening, which is sponsored by the Documentary Film Program with a reception provided by Reynolda Film Festival, is free and open to the public.