House of Film has acquired worldwide sales rights to Syria’s first submission in the Academy’s foreign language category, Little Gandhi, and will present to buyers at AFM this week.
Sam Kadi’s documentary centres on Ghiyah Matar, a Syrian peace activist until his capture, torture, and death at the age of 26. The film was selected by a committee of Syrian artists living in exile to represent their nation, and was accepted by the Academy.
Little Gandhi was made with the help of Syrian activists, who risked their lives to help film the interviews after being taught basic filmmaking techniques over Skype.
Kadi also relied on Skype to direct the entire shoot inside Syria. It took a total of six months to smuggle the film files out of the country.
Little Gandhi has been presented to the US Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the United Nations, the British Red Cross, and Amnesty International.
House of Film president Ava B negotiated the deal with Sam K Production.