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Exclusive: Journeyman Pictures picks up “Return to Homs”

London-based Journeyman Pictures has picked up worldwide distribution rights for Talal Derki's Syrian conflict doc Return to Homs (pictured), which opened IDFA last fall and won a top award at Sundance last month.
February 12, 2014

London-based Journeyman Pictures has picked up worldwide distribution rights for Talal Derki’s Syrian conflict doc Return to Homs (pictured), which opened IDFA last fall and won a top award at Sundance last month.

The film, which follows the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in the city of Homs, picked up the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The film has already been sold for TV to ARTE in France and Germany, NHK in Japan, RTS in Switzerland, SVT in Sweden, and Radio Canada. It was directed by Derki and produced by Orwa Nyrabia and Hans-Robert Eisenhauer.

The film was acquired by Journeyman’s head of documentary acquisitions and sales Edward Caffrey, who said that “following the film’s success at Sundance there has been significant interest from theatrical, digital and broadcast buyers around the world, and in the coming weeks we expect to have significant announcements regarding further releases.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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