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The first feature-length effort by documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Brother's Keeper unfolds a strange-but-true story about a most unorthodox family. 59-year-old Delbert Ward lives with his brothers Bill, Roscoe, and Lyman on a dairy farm near the upstate New York village of Munnville. Barely able to function on an adult level, the Ward brothers keep to themselves, ignored and shunned by their neighbors. When older brother Bill dies on June 5, 1990, the authorities determine that his death was not from natural causes. Suspected of a mercy killing, Delbert is charged with second degree murder. It gradually becomes apparent that the police coerced Delbert into signing a confession, whereupon his neighbors, who previously wanted nothing whatsoever to do with the man, begin lobbying passionately for his release. It's not that they believe that he's innocent, it's simply that he is one of "theirs." Berlinger and Sinofsky firmly refuse to sugarcoat their subject; their glimpses of the Mann brothers and their bizarre lifestyle might be unsettling to some. In addition to its other accomplishments, Brother's Keeper also demonstrates in a non-judgmental fashion how the media can manipulate public opinion, both positively and adversely. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Joe Berlinger Audience Award 1991 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Bruce Sinofsky Audience Award 1991 Winner

Cast

Lyman Ward

Crew

Bruce Sinofsky
Director
Joe Berlinger
Director
Joe Berlinger
Producer
Bruce Sinofsky
Producer
Bruce Sinofsky
Screenwriter
Joe Berlinger
Screenwriter
Douglas Cooper
Cinematographer
Jay Ungar
Composer (Music Score)
Molly Mason
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Sinofsky
Editor
Joe Berlinger
Editor
Joe Berlinger
Executive Producer
Bruce Sinofsky
Post Production Supervisor
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