EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has acquired all worldwide sales excluding the Philippines to the country’s official Oscar submission.

Hannah Espia makes her debut on the Tagalog and Hebrew-language film about the plight of Filipino immigrants in Israel.

Espia and Giancarlo Abrahan co-wrote the screenplay and Paul Soriano and Ernest Escaler produced.

Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Marc Justine Alvarez star in the story, which weaves together the lives of Filipinos in Tel Aviv as a new law threatens deportation.

Electric Entertainment’s new sales division led by Sonia Mehandjiyska will commence talks with buyers next month at the AFM.

“As someone who is both Filipino and Jewish, I was particularly moved by this film, though the themes of this film are truly universal and can be applied to almost every culture in the industrial world,” said Devlin.

“The filmmakers have taken a complex subject and have created an incredibly moving and touching story. I could not be more proud to be associated with this project and look forward to doing whatever I can to get this film seen around the globe,” commented Devlin.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with a filmmaker of Dean’s caliber and are very excited to see our film reach an international audience through his Electric Entertainment,” said Soriano.

Electric’s AFM sales roster includes The Wannabe, which Electric is fully financing. Martin Scorsese and Devlin are on board as executive producers.