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PBS Int’l inks global deals for “Defying the Nazis”

PBS International has secured a raft of deals for Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, the new documentary from seminal director Ken Burns and co-producer Artemis Joukowsky. The film recounts the story ...
October 18, 2016

PBS International has secured a raft of deals for Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, the new documentary from seminal director Ken Burns and co-producer Artemis Joukowsky.

The film recounts the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who, over a two-year period, committed to helping save the lives of dissidents and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation across Europe before and after World War II.

Defying the Nazis utilizes the letters and journals of the Sharps, with Tom Hanks voicing Waitstill and Marina Goldman providing the voice of his wife, Martha. The doc also features firsthand accounts with the now-adult children whom the Sharps saved, as well as leading historians, authors and Holocaust academics.

“The story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp is one of the most incredible tales of compassion, sacrifice and heroism that I have ever heard, and I was completely unaware of it until five years ago when Artemis Joukowsky first shared it with me,” said Burns in a statement.

The distribution arm of PBS has sent the film to Israel’s DBS, Brazil’s Globosat and the UK’s PBS America. All other territories are currently available for sales.

PBS International’s slate for this week’s MIPCOM market in Cannes also includes: biographical film Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive; miniseries Ancient Bible Destinations of Greece; and Time for School, which features the struggles of five children across the globe to receive basic education.

About The Author
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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