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Sales roundup: Dogwoof acquires “Zikr: A Sufi Revival”; “Back to Life” heads to U.S.

Dogwoof acquires VR film Zikr: A Sufi Revival  Documentary producer and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the VR film Zikr: A Sufi Revival from director Gabo Arora. Created by Sensorium, Superbright, and Tomorrow ...
January 30, 2018

Dogwoof acquires VR film Zikr: A Sufi Revival 

Documentary producer and theatrical distributor Dogwoof has acquired the VR film Zikr: A Sufi Revival from director Gabo Arora.

Created by Sensorium, Superbright, and Tomorrow Never Knows in partnership with BoomGen Studios and 1001 Media, the documentary takes four participants into a world of Sufism. The experience offers the participants the opportunity to dance and sing alongside the Tunisian group, Association de la Renaissance du Maalouf et du Chant Soufi de Sidi Bou Saïd.

This acquisition marks the first time a VR documentary has been picked up at the Sundance Film Festival.

Dogwoof will lead in global representation and distribution with location-based installations at international cultural centers, cinemas and museums. The deal also entails funding to support additional development, including an online version of the VR experience.

Zirk: A Sufi Revival was created by Gabo Arora, John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser. It was produced by Jennifer Tiexiera, with executive producers Reza Aslan, Mayhad Tousi, Mohab Tarek Khattab, Eva L. Burns, and Cameron Brodie.

Merchants of the Wild gets international distribution

Buck Productions, Beyond Distribution and Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures have secured an international distribution deal for the  documentary series Merchants of the Wild. 

The unscripted docuseries reconnects six First Nations, Métis and Inuit adventurers with traditional skills and knowledge of the land. Merchants of the Wild takes viewers back in time as the adventurers learn what it took to survive as they travel 16th-century fur trade routes used by Oji-Cree ancestors.

Merchants of the Wild was developed and produced by Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures for APTN, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund and Rogers Cable Network Fund. 

Sean Buckley of Buck Productions is an executive producer and mentor on the docuseries.

APTN will distribute the series in Canada, while Beyond Distribution has acquired international rights.

Shed Media takes rights to Armoza Formats’ Back to Life

Warner Bros. Shed Media has taken the rights to Armoza Formats docureality series Back to Life.

Since its launch at MIPCOM Back to Life (pictured) has been taken in Germany, Italy, and Poland and is slated to premiere on Israel’s Channel 10 in February 2018.

Back to Life follows the stories of patients and their families in a race against time while they wait for a lifesaving organ donation.

Each episode looks follows those on the waiting list for an organ and those donating. With the clock ticking, the show exposes the psychological, moral and emotional issues that affect everyone involved.

 

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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