BROTHER TO BROTHER tells the story of Perry, and up and coming gay artist studying at Columbia. After having been recently kicked out of his home due to his father catching him with another man, he's struggling to come to terms with being gay in a seemingly very homophobic culture. A new friendship with a man staying at the homeless shelter where Perry works gives him the chance to learn about a culture that has been censored in present times.
Rarely is the gay subculture in the US explored before a certain point. The films set in the 50s show a sort of forbidden love, in the 70s it discusses Stonewall and before it the crazy amounts of sex people were having in bath houses, and then the 80s really focus on AIDS and its ramifications.
To see a film not only exploring what it was to be gay in the 1920s, but also to be gay in the African-American community, both in the 20s and today, is both rare and quite necessary in my opinion. The film's jazz score and the backdrop of New York City are reminiscent of the 1920s whilst staying quite modern. It's a great performance from the entire cast, especially on the part of Perry, played by THE HURT LOCKER's Anthony Mackie.
I really enjoyed the film, both for its historical significance and also because of the believability of Perry's struggle to find himself in a big city where prejudice and racism run rampant.