London-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired the worldwide rights – excluding Australia and New Zealand – to Oscar-awarded Eva Orner’s latest documentary Chasing Asylum (pictured), on the treatment of asylum-seekers in Australia.
The investigative film uses never-before-seen footage to expose the impact of Australia’s offshore detention camps while exploring how the continent – which has implemented some of the strictest immigration laws in the world – chooses to detain those looking to enter the country.
The doc also investigates the mental, physical and fiscal tolls of the offshore facilities on asylum seekers.
The acquisition comes ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. It will screen at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox on Thursday (April 28) at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Chasing Asylum will bow in Melbourne, Australia, on May 5 as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, followed by a national release on May 28.
Dogwoof recently took its first steps into original content with the launch of its new production investment fund, TDog Productions.