Syndicado Acquires ‘In Exile’ documentary

Tin Win Naing’s debut feature depicts Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand

TORONTO — Syndicado has acquired world sales rights to “In Exile” (“Pyi Pye”), a documentary about the plight of Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand. World premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film will play in the TIFF DOCS program.

 

“In Exile” is about people who have fled their home country Myanmar, a fate they share with director Tin Win Naing. “In Exile” marks his first feature, after having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, and is the second feature doc to come out of Myanmar.

 

“Forced to leave his wife and children behind, he crossed illegally into Thailand, where he encountered the world of Burmese migrants toiling as plantation workers. Theirs is a world of exploitation and danger, but also of solidarity and resilience. This beautiful work of deeply compassionate first-person filmmaking is a testament to their struggle for justice. ”–Thom Powers, TIFF DOCS Programmer

 

As an undocumented refugee amongst refugees, filming was difficult, often dangerous for director Tin Win Naing. But “when I thought I was lost, the spirits of my protagonists gave me strength. It seemed as those those migrants who struggled the most, also had the biggest smiles” he said. (Join the director, and Perennial Lens producers Yasmin Rams and Rodney Charles, for a behind-the-scenes talk at the TIFF DOC CONFERENCE, September 13 http://www.tiff.net/events/filming-in-exile/)

 

“We’re moved by ‘In Exile’ and its ability to shed light on not just workers already in a harsh environment, but even more vulnerable – as refugees from long term troubled nation Myanmar. We’re impressed with both Tin’s cinematic style, and empathetic lens to a people eclipsed from the world’s media or international aid” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of Toronto-based Syndicado.

 

The film is Syndicado’s sixth major festival acquisition since their international expansion headed by Aleksandar Govedarica, Regional Director for Europe, who negotiated world sales for “In Exile” at Locarno. Syndicado will introduce the film to buyers at TIFF and Nordisk Panorama.

 

Syndicado acquires IdeaCity series from ZoomerMedia for launch on Hulu and other VOD platforms.

Syndicado is extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of ZoomerMedia’s IdeaCity, a series that features notable guest speakers covering a wide variety of topics, highlighting new ideas, innovative thinkers and mind-opening content.  Hosted by ZoomerMedia’s very own Moses Znaimer, best known for co-founding CityTV, the annual three day series is a daily dose of popular science, art and inspiration, and will be available in the USA on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service on June 18, 2014.

 

“Pairing TV pioneer Moses Znaimer of ZoomerMedia and his visionary series IdeaCity with VOD was a real coup and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of IdeaCity in the USA on Hulu this morning!” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of digital distributor Syndicado. “Hulu is the perfect platform for IdeaCity to debut on, and it marks the beginning of a slate of new series we’ve partnered with Zoomer on to distribute digitally internationally.”

 

Included in their distribution deal, Syndicado will also be releasing VisionTV’s series Supernatural Investigator and a slew of other series.

 

“After a review of several VOD aggregators and distributors, we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Syndicado. With a successful track record launching TV series on Hulu and other leading platforms in the USA, and with offices right here in Toronto and in the US, we felt it was the most strategic option to grow our brand and presence internationally, in the new world of distribution.” Said McLean Greaves, VP of Digital with ZoomerMedia.

 

About Syndicado Inc.

 

With offices in Toronto, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada, Syndicado is a digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, reaching over 100M households in North America. The company partners with traditional distributors, broadcasters and content creators, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers internationally. The company’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the new documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com

 

About ZoomerMedia

 

ZoomerMedia Limited is a global leader in creating entertainment, information and experiences uniquely designed to serve the world’s largest and most affluent generation – the 45-plus.

 

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