Among Brothers is based on the actual events surrounding a cold case. Names are changed for protection. On November 9th, 1994, Jennifer Matthews, a senior at Bergan State University in South Carolina, was found dead in her burned down apartment. The police informed the Matthews family that it appeared to be an accident. Two days later, the autopsy revealed that her death was no accident. There was no presence of smoke in Jennifer's lungs, she died before the fire- someone had killed her and tried to cover it up. Written by
"Among Brothers" is based on a true story of an unsolved murder on a college campus. What's very unique and interesting to me about it, to begin with, is that the story was written by the brother of the murder victim, and yet, the alleged murder is the protagonist of the film. Imagine that -- writing a film about the murder of your sister and making her killer the hero. This set-up creates a very honest and engaging spin on the murder/mystery film. Additionally, the performances of the main actors, all newcomers, were sincere and captivating. I saw this film at the Palm Beach Film Festival where the audience went crazy. One elderly woman in particular gushed about the film, the storytelling ability of its director and the great performances, and with good reason -- it's a great film. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.
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