The Brother from Another Planet

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John Sayles American IndependentJohn Sayles—American Independent

The Brother from Another Planet

  1. Friday, September 9, 2011 9:30 p.m.
Brother from Another Planet

In John Sayles’ science-fiction comedy The Brother from Another Planet, the Brother (Joe Morton) arrives on Earth as an escaped alien slave, running from two white Men in Black (David Strathairn and John Sayles), who are also aliens. Mute, with only three toes on each foot, and telekinetic, he struggles to fit in and express himself. Using the Brother’s alien status, Sayles provides insight into society, prejudice, and the idea of the “outsider” in America. (35mm preservation print is provided courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.)