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Brother's Keeper

This documentary explores the odd world of the elderly Ward brothers, illiterate farmers who have lived their entire lives in a dilapidated shack.

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A discomforting, almost surreal study of a rural murder case, which offers fascinating insights about both family and community dynamics.

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.

Director
Joe BerlingerBruce Sinofsky
Cast
Delbert WardRoscoe WardLyman Ward
Genres
Documentary
Country
USA
Available
Dec 1 2017

A discomforting, almost surreal study of a rural murder case, which offers fascinating insights about both family and community dynamics.