Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Alanna Brown’s drama about the genocide in Rwanda Trees Of Peace.
The film won the top three jury prizes at American Black Film Festival including the John Singleton Award for best first feature and earned the top jury award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival after it premiered there last year.
Trees Of Peace is inspired by actual events and follows four women from different backgrounds who forge an unbreakable bond while trapped during the violence in Rwanda in 1994. Netflix plans to debut the film this summer.
Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bola Koleosho and Tongayi Chirisa star, and producers are Ron Ray, Barry Levine, Mike Bundlie, Brian Baniqued, Jeff Spiegel, Vicky Petela and Brown.
“The Rwandan women who persevered beyond this genocide struck such a chord with me,” said Brown, who spent eight years writing, developing and fundraising before filming took place in Los Angeles in late 2019. “Their story is specific, but the themes of inner turmoil and forgiveness are incredibly universal.” Brown is also a writer on the TV series Blindspotting.
Lead Producer Ron Ray negotiated the sale of the film with Netflix. UTA Independent Film Group represented the film for sales. Brown is represented by UTA and Sugar23.
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