Christine Hanberg together with her brother Peter within the documentary “He’s My Brother,” which airs subsequent month on PBS. (Katinka Hustad)
What occurs when a household is left to look after an grownup who’s deaf, blind and has autism with out help? That’s the main target of a brand new documentary that’s set to premiere on nationwide tv.
The 60-minute movie “He’s My Brother” follows co-director Christine Hanberg and her household as they take a look at what their future holds together with her brother Peter, 31, who has a number of disabilities.
Till 5 years in the past, Peter attended a day heart, however when it closed, his care fell fully on his household. Peter’s mom stop her job to look after him full time whereas his father works and Christine helps as a lot as she will.
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“Weeks and months went on, so I grabbed the digicam and began filming as a result of I couldn’t comprehend how a lot duty we as kin should take when the system fails,” Christine Hanberg mentioned. “Now, seven years have passed by and we nonetheless haven’t gotten any assist in any respect. Not even one supply for day look after Peter and I see so many individuals combating the damaged system.”
Christine Hanberg notes that Denmark, the place her household lives, has one of many richest welfare states on the earth, however nonetheless fails to assist folks like Peter.
The documentary exhibits how Peter experiences life by contact, odor and style and explores Christine’s worries about turning into her brother’s major caregiver when her mother and father are gone.
“It occurs all around the world,” she mentioned. “I hope that our movie can begin a dialogue about primary human rights for folks with disabilities and about how large a duty we as kin ought to take. Personally, I shall be there for my brother anytime. However what about those that don’t have the chance or the time of their lives? If the system doesn’t assist. Who will, then?”
“He’s My Brother” can have its nationwide broadcast premiere Aug. 1 on POV on PBS and can stream at no cost at pbs.org and on the PBS Video app till Sept. 1.