“Somebody to Love” doc heads to Europe, Israel

RTE Global, the sales and distribution arm of Irish broadcaster RTE Television, has sold the Wildlife Films-produced doc Somebody to Love (pictured) into Finland, Sweden, Israel and Spain.
July 21, 2014

RTE Global – the sales and distribution arm of Irish broadcaster RTE Television - has licensed the Wildfire Films-produced doc Somebody to Love (pictured) to YLE Finland, TV4 Sweden, Channel 8 Israel and Indigenius for RTVE Spain.

The one-hour ob-doc explores the romantic lives of disabled people and navigates issues around their sexuality. Filmmakers Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic draw on personal stories and experience to offer an insider viewer on the topic and dispel common myths and taboos.

“This is a powerful, thought-provoking and inspiring film that opens up the debate on a subject that’s been ignored for far too long,” said Edel Edwards, head of program sales for RTE Global, in a statement.

“It’s been described as public broadcasting at its finest, bravely tackling big subjects like exclusion, self-esteem, gender and body awareness, and the right of everybody – regardless of physical or intellectual capacity – to have intimacy in their lives,” he added. “It’s heart-wrenching yet heartwarming, it’s funny yet serious, and it’s great drama – all the qualities that make Irish storytelling increasingly valued around the world.”

Rodgers added: “Zlata and I are really delighted to see this story being shared outside of Ireland. It’s an important subject internationally, and we hope this documentary will contribute to a dialogue that needs to happen.”

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