London-based documentary sales agent Dogwoof has acquired the worldwide rights to Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s award-winning feature-length documentary América.
The 76-minute film, which held its world premiere at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, serves as a vérité family portrait of three Mexican brothers brought together to care for their ailing 93-year-old grandmother.
Shot over three years in southwest Mexico, the film follows brothers Diego, Rodrigo and Bruno as they attempt to care for their grandmother América following their father’s imprisonment. Their father, who had been her caretaker, was jailed under accusation of elder neglect after América fell from her bed.
América is Stoll and Whiteside’s feature debut and is a U.S.-Mexico co-production. Paula Astorga Riestra is the film’s co-producer.
The film received special mention in the Dox:Award category at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen-set festival’s top prize, and took home the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at True/False.
América will next screen at Sheffield Doc/Fest this month where it has been included in the nominations for the event’s Illuminate Award.
“América is one of those irresistible gems which comes along each year and which heralds the arrival on the documentary scene of exciting new talent to watch,” said Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions at Dogwoof, in a statement. “We can’t wait to share this intimate and affectionate debut film, a truly moving family portrait which should resonate with audiences worldwide.”