National Geographic Documentary Films has picked up Sundance selection entry Saudi Runaway from Berlin-based Rise and Shine.
Stefan Kloos of Rise and Shine World Sales and Jason Ishikawa of Cinetic negotiated the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.
In Saudi Runaway, described by Rise and Shine Festivals Manager Anja Dziersk as “a powerful contender for next year´s Academy Awards,” a young woman, using her smartphone camera, invites us into ‘a life lived behind closed doors, a veil and the façade of a respectable family’.
Muna’s life is determined by her father and a much-mentioned future husband. Realising that her passport is about to expire and that neither of these men will agree to an extension, she plots her escape from Saudi Arabia…
Saudi Runaway premiered in the Sundance’s World Documentary Competition in January 2020.