HanWay picks up “Dirty Wars” doc

Distributor HanWay Films has acquired the international rights to Dirty Wars (pictured), a feature doc that delves into America's covert operations in countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
March 14, 2013

HanWay Films has acquired the international rights to director Richard Rowley’s feature doc Dirty Wars (pictured).

The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows journalist Jeremy Scahill as he investigates America’s covert¬†operations in countries such Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. It was written by Scahill and David Riker, and produced by Scahill, Anthony Arnove and Brenda Coughlin.

Dirty Wars gives us implacable insight into how modern warfare has morphed from front-line combat to border-less, behind-the-curtains black operations, and the human cost these involve,” Fabien Westerhoff of HanWay Films said in a statement, adding that the doc “raises tough questions about wars fought in our name and how we define ourselves as democracies.”

NonStop Entertainment picked up the Scandinavian, Icelandic and Baltic rights and is planning a theatrical release this fall. David Koh and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment negotiated the deals on behalf of the producers and director.

IFC Films affiliate Sundance Selects acquired the North American rights for Dirty Wars during Sundance.

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