Music Box Films acquires rights to “Watchers of the Sky”

The distributor will roll out Edet Belzberg's documentary (pictured), about the life and legacy of lawyer Ralph Lemkin, theatrically in the U.S. later this year, while Films We Like has taken Canadian rights.
February 11, 2014

Distributor Music Box Films has picked up the U.S. rights to director Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky (pictured).

The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem From Hell and profiles the life of lawyer Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide” and set up the world court system to adjudicate mass atrocities.

It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award for use of animation and editing, and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival this month.

Sales agents for Submarine Entertainment also sold the Propeller Films-produced doc’s Canadian rights to Films We Like; all rights in Australia and New Zealand to Madman Entertainment; all pan-Scandinavian rights to NonStop Entertainment AB; and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Music Box will open Watchers of the Sky theatrically later in the year to qualify for Academy Awards consideration.

Belzberg’s previous films include her Oscar-nominated debut Children Underground and The Recruiter. She also received the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

“I’m honored to have such notable partners to help bring the film’s important story of courage and perseverance to audiences around the world,” she said.

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