MY BROTHER'S VOWS

a film by Stephanie Weimar

MY BROTHER'S VOWS

Germany | 2013 | 88:00 min

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
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. (DOKLeipzig, CorneliaKlauß)
Festivals/Awards
DOK Leipzig
DOK.fest Munich
Cast and Crew
  • Director Stephanie Weimar
  • Director of Photography Fabio DeFelice, Erik Schimschar, Stephanie Weimar, Sebastian Lange
  • Editor Oliver Bronner, Carl Freed
  • Sound Ralf Jakubski, Kyle Stanfield, Frank Mertes, Johannes Waltermann
  • Score André Feldhaus
Menu Icon Menu Icon Arrow Icon Arrow Icon Plus Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Minus Icon HFF Logo HFF Logo