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Netflix buys “The Lady in Number 6″

Netflix has bagged exclusive rights for its second Oscar-nominated documentary, acquiring The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (pictured) a day after the film's centenarian subject passed away.
February 24, 2014

Netflix has bagged exclusive rights for its second Oscar-nominated documentary, acquiring The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life a day after the film’s centenarian subject passed away.

The 38-minute documentary looks at the life of Alice Herz-Sommer (pictured above), who until her passing yesterday (February 23) was the world’s oldest-known Holocaust survivor. She died at the age of 110.

The doc, from Academy Award-winning director Malcolm Clarke (Soldiers in Hiding; You Don’t Have to Die) and producer Nick Reed, will premiere exclusively on the digital platform on April 1 in the U.S. and Canada.

The film is currently the bookmakers’ favorite the win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short next month, and was previously tipped by realscreen as a frontrunner in the category. Netflix previously acquired exclusive rights for Jehane Noujaim’s doc The Square, which is Oscar-nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. The deadline for Oscar voting is tomorrow (February 25).

“Telling Alice’s story was a life-changing experience for everyone involved with the film,” said Reed in a statement. “We are so glad to partner with Netflix so that their viewers will be able to enjoy Alice’s infectious love of life and bright spirit.

“Netflix viewers and future generations will be able to learn so many life lessons from this most amazing woman.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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