EXCLUSIVE: Mission Congo is about televangelist Pat Robertson during the Rwandan refugee crisis.
Documentary specialist sales company Cinephil, the outfit behind The Gatekeepers and The Act Of Killing, has taken sales rights to new feature doc Mission Congo. The film explores televangelist Pat Robertson’s use of charity resources for a controversial diamond mining mission.
Mission Congo also looks at Robertson’s alleged hypocrisy and exploitation of the Rwandan refugee crisis. Erin Heidenreich, Lara Zizic and David Turner produced the film, which was written and directed by Zizic and Turner.
Cinetic is handling US rights.
Mission Congo has its world premiere in Toronto.
Another topical title on Cinephil’s slate is Alexander Gentelev’s Putin’s Games, coproduced by MDR/ARTE and RTS. The film looks at the controversy behind the choice of Sochi on “Russia’s Riviera” as the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Cinephil has already snared several buyers for the project (made through Saxonia Entertainment and Satel Film), among them Polish Television and French and English-speaking Canada (Radio Canada and CBC).
Cinephile is also handling Raiders, another Russian themed film directed by Alexander Gentelev. The film looks at the brutal way that property is often taken over in Russia.
Meanwhile, Cinephil is also handling Kitty Green’s controversial new documentary Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, which premiered in Venice.