THINKFilm has acquired worldwide rights to War/Dance, which will receive its world premiere in the Independent Film Competition: Documentary section at Sundance later this month.
Directed by the husband and wife team of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, the film centres on three child refugees from the Ugandan civil war who travel to a national music and dance festival.
Albie Hecht and his wife Susan MacLaury produced through their new nonprofit production company Shine Global in conjunction with Fine Films.
THINKFilm will release the film domestically in the first quarter. The company acquired rights several months ago after theatrical head Mark Urman saw footage at a fundraiser for Shine Global, and has been working with the film makers to prepare the film for Sundance.
'The emotional power of War/Dance is more than matched by the beauty of its imagery and the eloquence of its storytelling,' Urman said.
'Though we are still in the midst of this year's awards season, I am already confident that War/Dance will figure prominently in next year's race.'
THINKFilm's vice president of business and legal affairs Richard Rapkowski and vice president of acquisitions Daniel Katz negotiated the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company.
THINKFilm holds worldwide rights to Robinson Devor's documentary Zoo, which will also have its world premiere at Sundance as part of the documentary company. Zoo looks back at the life of a seemingly normal businessman who died after having sex with a horse.