BRO Men with Hope to Bring

BRO Men with Hope to Bring
A feature-length documentary on the lives of a group of men in the Catholic Church called "Religious Brothers" who live the vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. Devoted to God through their ministry and prayer, they strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities they serve.
Some would say that they are the "best-kept secret of the church," but what does it really mean to be a Catholic Religious Brother? How are the Brothers distinct from the Catholic priests?
The BRO filmmakers travelled around the world to tell their stories showing the challenges they face and their impetuses in their countercultural lifestyle they chose to live.
What empowers them as they live their vows in a secular world?
This full-length documentary addresses these questions as it uncovers why they are men with hope to bring.

  • Nich Perez
    If You Forget Me
  • Nich Perez
    If You Forget Me
  • Jeff Kyle
  • Chelsea Crane
  • Dianne Barlas
  • Douglas Blair
  • Vince Kuna
  • Michael Shults
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 8 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    8 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • The Catholic Film Festival
    South Korea
    October 30, 2015
    South Korean Premiere
Director Biography - Nich Perez

Nich L. Perez is a documentary filmmaker, researcher and educator currently based in Los Angeles and in Austin, Texas.

He treats every grain or pixel as sacred, allowing moments as fragments of memories to transcend through the lens as a whole, meaningful and worthwhile. Prior to doing his research fellowship in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he was an Assistant Professor in Communications and Visual Arts at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana. With 15 years of experience in the fields of education and filmmaking, Nich's work, mostly in the realm of nonprofit media and documentary, have been selected in various film festivals, including (In)Justice For All, Great Lakes, River Bend, NXMW and One Nation Film Festivals.
He continues to share this passion of educating hearts and forming minds with his students and collaborators, inside and outside the classroom, and in the projects that they create, one pixel at a time.

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Director Statement

"There are always beautiful stories to tell; it is part of our human condition and the nature of our reality. The challenge is how to capture them and turn them into images and sound in light of what is true and just. This can only happen if we allow our audiences to be transformed by what we make. That is the power of art - to inspire, to challenge and give others a reason to continue to tell their stories.