Zurich-based sales agent First Hand Films has concluded deals for the UK and US for Anders Ostergaard's award-winning festival favourite Burma VJ - Reporting From A Closed Country with Dogwoof for the UK and Oscilloscope Laboratories for the US.
The US deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine and Esther van Messel of First Hand Films on behalf of the filmmakers and David Fenkel of Oscillscope Laboratories.
The UK independent distributor Dogwoof will initially release the film theatrically and then on DVD later this year. New York-based Oscilloscope Laboratories will have a theatrical and non-theatrical release this spring followed by a DVD release in early 2010.
Ostergaard's documentary follows the activities of the independent journalist group Democratic Voice of Burma as they reported with video cameras on the uprising in their country despite risking torture and life in jail.
The film won prizes at Amsterdam's IDFA, Sundance, CPH:Dox and ZagrebDox, among others, as well as receiving the Cinema for Peace International Human Rights Award in Berlin last month.
The Magic Hour Film production is currently screening at around 100 film festivals worldwide.