– Washington Capitals left wing Donald Brashear attended the second annual Amnesty International Film Festival at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14. The film festival opened with premieres of Catch a Fire and The Ground Truth.
Brashear went to a reception for the festival, where he talked with Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins, who stars in Catch a Fire, and met Iraq veterans who appear in the documentary The Ground Truth, along with the film’s director, Patricia Foulkrod. Brashear and Robbins had met once before, years ago in New York. Robbins, an avid hockey fan and friend of Mark Messier, skated with several NHL players, including Brashear (who at the time was playing for Vancouver), at the Rangers practice facility.
Brashear watched Catch a Fire, which was introduced by director Phillip Noyce. The film is a political thriller based on the true story of real-life South African hero Patrick Chamusso. An ordinary and apolitical man, Chamusso becomes a rebel fighter after he and his wife are unjustly tortured, staging daring solo attacks against the brutal apartheid regime in the early 1980s.
“The movie was very powerful,” said Brashear, “I thought it was very good.”
Also in attendance at the screening were actors Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna, screenwriter Shawn Slovo, producer Robyn Slovo and Patrick Chamusso, himself. The Amnesty International Film Festival runs through Sept. 16, and Catch a Fire opens nationwide in October.