Oakland-based distributor Nancy Fishman Film Releasing has acquired Israeli director David Fisher’s documentary Six Million and One.
The distributor’s founder Nancy K Fishman negotiated the acquisition with sales agent Philippa Kowarsky of Cinephil after seeing the film at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The doc, which follows the director and his siblings as they retrace their father’s internment during the Holocaust, won the Best Documentary award at this year’s DocFest Munich and was voted one the top 10 films at last year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It will open theatrically in the United States on September 28.
“Prior to starting my company, I was the program director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival,” Fishman said in a statement. “I have seen many films about the Holocaust, but this is without a doubt the most eloquent and unique film I have seen about the second generation. It’s also a rare look at the tension and love shared by siblings, which is something we can all relate to.”
“My siblings didn’t want to read my father’s memoir… it contained things that were locked away for so long,” added Fisher, whose previous docs include Love Inventory and Mostar Round-Trip. “I also did not want to read it and yet felt compelled to do so. This isn’t a film about the Holocaust… it’s about a rare kind of intimacy and sibling bond that replaced pain with bittersweet humor.”