Discovery+ has picked up the rights to Pedro Kos’ Sundance feature doc, Rebel Hearts. The film is a coproduction between Merman and Anchor Entertainment, in association with Level Forward and Quiet.
Rebel Hearts (pictured) outlines the struggle of a group of nuns who, in 1960s Los Angeles, fought for equality against the regressive control of a local Cardinal. Their actions and activism turned the church upside down, helping to reshape it in ways that continue to resonate today.
Kos combines incredible archival footage, animation and never-before-seen interviews gathered by producer Shawnee Isaac-Smith to illustrate the story.
Kos said in a statement: “We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with discovery+ to bring the forgotten story of the joyous rebellion of the Immaculate Heart Sisters to a global audience. Even though Rebel Hearts is mostly set in the 1960s we have always felt this David versus Goliath story will very much resonate today.”
Rebel Hearts was directed by Kos and produced by Kira Carstensen, Isaac-Smith and Judy Korin.
The film is the latest acquisition for the recently launched Discovery streaming service. Others include Francesco, My Beautiful Stutter and Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad, which will launch on the service this year.
Discovery+ plans to release Rebel Hearts globally in 2021.