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


“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.


Press for Elena


Elena (Variance Films/Syndicado) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,100 – Deadline




It is a bold plunge into painful memories, unasked questions and wounds still inflamed. It is, in short, crying in the form of a movie, but also an embrace of comfort. While trying to (re)discover the sister that died when she was only seven years old, director Petra Costa finds herself and, in part, her own mother. In the process, she involves the audience thanks to her openness, which allows us to glimpse, in melancholy, the journey of a young and talented director toward the catharsis that will require so much pain to occur.” – 



Brazilian actress and filmmaker Petra Costa searches for her older sister, as well as herself, in the beautifully poetic, hypnotic and intimate Elena.” – This Week In New York 




” Elena is an intimately beautiful film that challenges each of us to reflect on our own lives while discovering truths about family, sadness, acceptance and rebirth.” – The Huffington Post




“Elena” as a study in allusion, emotion and ultimately, perhaps even a challenge to the way in which we conceive of the cinema altogether.” – Indiewire

Indiewire’s interview with Producers Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles


Shot like a dream, spoken like an elegy, it takes nonfiction where it seldom wants to go – away from the comforting embrace of fact and into a realm of expressionistic possibility.” – Indiewire



“With its free-floating imagery, “Elena” unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief. But more than that, it represents the stream of life, with beautiful images of women floating through time.” – NY Times



This haunting and dreamlike cinematic essay is filmmaking at its most personal.” – The Hollywood Reporter




An homage to the beloved older sister cowriter-director Petra Costa lost when she was 7-years-old, Elena is a detailed anatomy of grief—and a poetic tribute to life, love, and the transformative power of art.” – The L Magazine




A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa’s haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts.” – Village Voice




This personal documentary by the Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa unfolds a story of grief and thwarted promise with expressive urgency and thoughtful restraint.” – The New Yorker



Syndicado Acquires World War II Simulation Documentary


Man At War Logo 2

Syndicado is pleased to announce the acquisition of Produckja Folmow’s Man At War, a documentary that puts the spotlight on men fascinated by World War II who pursue their passion in the realm of computer games. Following players and their lives, director Jacek Blawut inquires if we are witnessing the rise of a new type of human – homo virtualis. The documentary will premiere on VOD platforms in North America on September 16th, 2014, commemorating the anniversary of the ending of the Battle of Britain in 1941.


Man At War had me engrossed from start to finish. I was intrigued by the profiles of the international personalities involved in the role-playing and found myself anticipating the culminating battle. It is a very entertaining doc and we are delighted to work with Produkcja Filmow to distribute in North America and beyond… digitally – it’s a no brainer for bother cable and game platforms.” said Greg Rubidge, founder and President of Syndicado Inc.


The doc reveals the increasing virtual nature of our society, focusing more on fantasy worlds than reality. “The power of the virtual world lies in the fact that you move there for good, that the virtual life becomes your real life and each return to reality seems painful. Therefore, most people would prefer to stay in the virtual space forever because they have found their place there, their dreams come true and they are able to show the best of themselves.” said Writer and Director Jacek Blawut.


“After the initial broadcast success with HBO and screenings at various festivals, we’re delighted to have inked a VOD distribution deal with Syndicado, which now gives Man at War an even larger audience” said Gosia Sandecka on behalf of the producers. “Man at War is a perfect doc for new platforms and with the number of digital outlets partnered with Syndicado, we felt it was a great partnership and opportunity for our film and a chance to take an European production beyond European circuit .”


About Syndicado Inc.


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 with offices in USA and Canada. The company partners with traditional distributors, producers and sales agents, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers in North America and Europe. 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 –