SOPHIE DERASPE’S A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE Will Premiere Digitally Exclusively on SundanceNow Doc Club and Theatrically via Sundance Selects on July 24, 2015
SundanceNow Doc Club, the boutique advertising-free SVOD service dedicated solely to documentaries, announced today that it has acquired all U.S. rights to Sophie Deraspe’s A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE, which made its world premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This marks the first festival acquisition by Doc Club. The film, produced by Isabelle Couture (esperamos) in co-production with Nathalie Cloutier (NFB), will have its digital premiere exclusively on Doc Club simultaneously with a theatrical release via Doc Club’s sister company, Sundance Selects, on July 24, 2015, as well as an international television debut with partner Sundance Channel Global to follow later this year. Doc Club is available on a variety of digital streaming devices and at docclub.com.
A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE explores the story of Amina Arraf, a Syrian-American revolutionary whose blog A Gay Girl in Damascus acquires a huge following as the Syrian uprising gains momentum. Sandra Bagaria, a smart, young Montreal professional, is involved in an online affair with her when Amina is allegedly abducted by the Syrian secret police-sparking an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death.
Playing out like a detective story, A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROFILE involves American intelligence agencies, major global media outlets, and a host of activists and sympathizers. But what starts as a love story becomes a tale of deceit and betrayal enabled by the global internet and viral social media.
“This film is a powerful story of love and betrayal between two people with broader implications for the ethics of journalism and social media activism” said Linda Pan, General Manager of Doc Club. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sundance Selects and Sundance Channel Global to bring this eye-opening film, to audiences both digitally and in theaters.”
The deal was negotiated by Linda Pan, General Manager of Doc Club, with Lorne Price and Chanelle Routhier of the National Film Board of Canada on behalf of the filmmakers.
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About SUNDANCE SELECTS:
Established in 2009 and based in New York City, Sundance Selects is a leading U.S. distributor of prestige films focusing on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Previous releases include the Dardenne Brothers’ Oscar nominated TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; David France’s Oscar nominated documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE; Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary PINA; Werner Herzog’s CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS; Abdellatif Kechiche’s award-winning BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos; Richard Rowley’s Oscar nominated DIRTY WARS; and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Oscar nominated FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. Sundance Selects is a sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
About AMC/SUNDANCE CHANNEL GLOBAL:
AMC/Sundance Channel Global delivers compelling and globally renowned entertainment to audiences worldwide in multiple languages through locally tailored programming services, cutting edge media and subscription television platforms. The international arm of AMC Networks Inc., the division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WE tv and are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford and showcases acclaimed independent films, from the newest festival award winners to the genre’s most beloved movies. Central to Sundance Channel’s appeal is its broadcast of original series from leading talent both in the US and abroad, including celebrated series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. Recently launched in Asia, WE tv is a leading entertainment brand in the US and caters to audiences who can’t get enough of celebrity driven reality and other widely appealing lifestyle programming.
About the NFB
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