Sales house Lumina Films has picked up world rights outside the US toprize-winning documentary Favela Rising.
The US-Brazilian co-production won directors Jeff Zimbalist and MattMochary the best new documentary filmmaker award at the Tribeca Film Festivalin May and will now screen at both the Montreal International Film Festival andin Rio de Janeiro.
Lumina will debut the piece for distributors in Montreal and at the AFM,in addition to select private screenings in Toronto.
Favela Rising documents the story of former drug-traffickerAnderson Sa and his work to rehabilitate a Brazilian slum through the music,art and dance of AfroReggae. Shot over the course of two years, some of themost moving footage comes from video filmed by favela kids themselves. Thedocumentary is billed as a "true front seat tour" of the areas fictionalized inCity Of God.
"I was so impressed by thisdocumentary when I first saw it in the Madrid office that I couldn't wait forNew York to wake up so I could talk to the filmmakers," said Marina Fuentes,production and acquisitions manager at Lumina. "We have not yet had a screeningwithout at least one standing ovation," Mochary added.
Favela Rising is a productionof Sidetrack Films and Voy Pictures in association with Mochary and Zimbalist.The deal was negotiated by Fuentes with Steven Raphael of Required Viewing andBen Feldman of Epstein, Levinsohn representing the filmmakers.