London-based distributor Journeyman Pictures has acquired two documentaries set to premiere at IDFA – First to Fall (pictured) and In Barre’s Silence – and inked sales for Roast Beef TV’s Scientologists at War.
First to Fall is among the docs screening in competition at IDFA, which kicks off in Amsterdam tomorrow. Directed by Rachel Bath Anderson, the film follows two friends over eight months as they leave Canada to fight in the Libyan revolution.
Journeyman’s other IDFA acquisition is In Barre’s Silence, directed by Morvarid Peyda and Mehrdad Ahmadpour. Centering on a small Iranian village’s pride, Barre the fighting bull, the doc examines the intrigue surrounding bullfighting.
The company has also sold Roast Beef TV’s Scientologists at War, commissioned by UK pubcaster Channel 4, to NTV Germany for free TV rights and Spiegel TV for the pay-TV rights.
BBC Knowledge in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Africa; DR in Denmark; EO in the Netherlands; NRK in Norway; SVT in Sweden; CBC in Canada; Channel Nine Australia; and Quantas for in flight rights, have all picked up the film.
The 44-minute special boasts access to Marty Rathbun, the organization’s highest-level defector, as he gives an insider’s take on the secretive Scientology organization.