Toronto-headquartered sales house Syndicado has acquired the worldwide sales rights to Burmese filmmaker Tin Win Naing’s debut feature In Exile (pictured).
The film, which held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 12, documents the plight of migrants who have fled Myanmar’s civil war for refuge in Thailand – a fate shared by the director – and now toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labor.
The Perennial Lens- and Lokanat Productions-made doc marks Naing’s first feature, after having filmed such politically sensitive events as the Saffron Revolution.
Aleksandar Govedarica, regional director for Europe, negotiated the deal for the film, which will be at introduced to buyers at TIFF and Nordisk Panorama in Malmö, Sweden, which runs Sept. 16 to 21.
In Exile next screens Sept. 13 at 8:45 p.m. ET at the TIFF Lightbox and again on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Theatre.
“We’re impressed with both Tin’s cinematic style, and empathetic lens to a people eclipsed from the world’s media or international aid,” said Syndicado president and founder Greg Rubidge in a statement.