TIFF ’13: Cinephil boards “Mission Congo”

Tel Aviv-based indie Cinephil has acquired the international rights to Lara Zizic's and David Turner's controversial documentary Mission Congo (pictured).
September 9, 2013

Tel Aviv-based indie Cinephil has acquired the international rights to Lara Zizic’s and David Turner’s controversial documentary Mission Congo (pictured).

The film, which premiered on Friday (September 6) at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, looks at televangelist Pat Robertson and at the Rwandan refugee crisis. Cinetic is handling domestic U.S. sales.

Cinephil MD Phillippa Kowarsky said: “Since screening Mission Congo, it’s burrowed into our minds. This is a compelling and important story that needs to be seen.”

In a joint statement, Zizic and Turner added: “We are thrilled that such a prestigious company has come on board to help get Mission Congo out to the widest possible audience.  Their passion for the film won us over and we look forward to a successful collaboration.”

The news comes after Cinephil last month picked up Venice title Ukraine is Not a Brothel.

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