IDFA ’13: Kartemquin, Cargo pen “American Arab” deal

Cargo Film & Releasing has acquired all international rights, excluding the U.S., for Kartemquin Films' hour-long doc American Arab (pictured).
November 28, 2013

Cargo Film & Releasing has acquired all international rights, excluding the U.S., for Kartemquin Films’ hour-long doc American Arab (pictured).

The New York-based documentary sales agent struck the deal with Chicago-based Kartemquin following the IDFA world premiere of Iraqi-born director Usama Alshaibi’s doc, which offers “a provocative, personal look at look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America,” according to Kartemquin.

Negotiations were finalized in Amsterdam this week by Cargo’s David Piperni, and Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan, along with director Alshaibi. The film is screening at IDFA in the mid-length doc category.

American Arab is a project from Kartemquin’s first Diversity Fellowship, sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Ford Foundation, with additional funding from the Center for Asian-American Media (CAAM).

The film is one of three Kartemquin documentaries featured at IDFA, with Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s Almost There selected as a Central Pitch at the IDFA Forum; and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel, enjoying its European premiere.

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