Brother, I Cry

True North | BC Spotlight

"Pain, insecurities, trauma, doubt…" Jon (Justin Rain), a young First Nations man, is struggling to overcome addiction and to avoid the multiple warrants out on him. But he has several strong women in his corner: his girlfriend, his sister, his mother, and his unborn daughter, they are all hoping he can master his demons and find peace. Made under Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program, the debut feature from Capilano graduate Jessie Anthony is a social realist drama edged with dark dreams and visions.

Jon’s journey is made that much more difficult by his friendship with Martin (Jay Cardinal Villeneuve), a drug dealer who keeps pushing him back into crime. In a situation like this, the movie asks, how best can you help a loved one from breaking out of the cycle of using and illegality? Different people in Jon’s life try different approaches, but there are no simple solutions when the issues stretch so far back. Impressively lensed by Andy Hodgson (who also has a producer credit), the film holds on the fully fleshed-out and fearless leading performance from Justin Rain.


Includes an interview with Director: Jessie Anthony, Producer: Andy Hodgson

World premiere
Director Icon Director
Jessie Anthony

Justin Rain, Lauren Hill, Violet Cameron, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Executive Producer Andy Hodgson
Producer Jessie Anthony
Screenwriter Jessie Anthony
Cinematographer Andy Hodgson
Editor Shun Ando
Production Design Tawni Botelho
Music Red Heartbreaker Music
Source Pass Through Productions Inc.
Canada 2019 97 min. English
Presented by
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Jessie Anthony is a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Beaver clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario Canada. Jessie has recently received her Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree from Capilano University and is a 2017 Talent to Watch recipient. She’s currently in pre-production with the web series Querencia which won the imagineNATIVE 2020 Pitch Competition, gaining a broadcast deal with APTN/The Bell Fund.