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Hot Docs ’16: Cinephil takes “City 40,” “Thousand Cuts”

Tel Aviv-based distributor Cinephil has acquired the sales rights to two docs making their world premieres at Hot Docs: Samira Goetschel's City 40 and Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel's Death by a Thousand Cuts (pictured).
May 3, 2016

Tel Aviv-based distributor Cinephil has acquired the sales rights to two documentaries making their world premieres at Hot Docs: Samira Goetschel’s City 40 and Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel’s Death by a Thousand Cuts (pictured).

Cinephil will handle the worldwide rights to Goetschel’s film, which exposes the human and environmental concerns surrounding labor prisoners in a forbidden Soviet-era city in Russia. The doc hosted its world premiere at the 23rd edition of Hot Docs on April 28. It will next screen on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Toronto’s Innis Town Hall.

The Israeli sales agent will also handle the international rights (excluding North America) to Botero and Kheel’s Death by a Thousand Cuts, which investigates the fight for natural resources between the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto-based festival on Tuesday (May 3) at 6:15 p.m. EST at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3.

Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky and director-producer Samira Goetschel negotiated the deal for City 40, while the agreement for Death by a Thousand Cuts was brokered between Kowarsky and Participant Media’s Rob Williams.

At Hot Docs, Cinephil is also representing the Canadian premiere of Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s Strike a Pose, catching up with Madonna’s dancers 25 years after her Blonde Ambition Tour, and the international premiere of Jessica Dimmock and Christopher Lamarca’s The Pearl, following four middle-aged transgender women as they struggle to find acceptance.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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