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My Brother's Vows

2013 DOK Leipzig, International Programme Documentary Film
Canada, Germany | 2013 | 88 min. | German | English subtitles | World Premiere
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My Brother's Vows | Die Gelübde meines Bruders

Gregor and Stephanie are siblings who couldn’t be more different. She jets across the world, living with women. It’s not even worth her while to rent a flat because she is so committed to being on the road and getting away from the narrow confines of home. Her top priority is self-fulfilment. Her brother Gregor, on the other hand, looks for contemplation, steadiness and a vocation in this world. A monastery, in a nutshell. To understand his choice, Stephanie Weimar takes up the camera and accompanies him from his first instructions to the day he makes his final vows with the Steyler Missionaries in the monastery of St. Augustin. How can a person voluntarily submit to obedience, poverty, and chastity – and do without sex his whole life? Her perplexity and anger at a church that condemns homosexuality in the name of God, bans condoms, and bears part of the blame for Aids drive this film and determine its perspective. We share Gregor’s – whose decision is a radical one – doubts and reflections on this road to enlightenment. But it’s the director who learns what real tolerance means. Because the fact is that we are all seekers for meaning.

Cornelia Klauß
Original Title: Die Gelübde meines Bruders
Country: Canada, Germany
Year: 2013
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 88 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Stephanie Weimar
Producer: Frederic Bohbot, Andre Schaefer
Cinematographer: Fabio DeFelice, Erik Schimschar, Sebastian Lange, Christopher Yapp, Stephanie Weimar
Editor: Oliver Bronner, Carl Freed
Music: Andre Feldhaus
Sound: Ralf Jakubski, Kyle Stanfield, Frank Mertes
Script: Stephanie Weimar
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