IDFA: ’Love,’ ‘Exodus,’ ‘Sasuke’ Among New 108 Media Acquisitions

Emilio Mayorga
Variety

“Exodus,” “Cold Love,” and “Passionate TV” are among the six new pick-ups of Toronto-based distribution-worldwide sales company 108 Media which will be presented at Amsterdam’s IDFA documentary festival-market.

Documentaries’ subjects range from sports, to demographic, migration and rip–roaring characters — this last group takes in four titles and is offered under the 108 Believe label, an arm launched last year “to provide stronger representation of inspiring and real life stories,” according to 108 Media.

Depicting the impact of climate change, Deia Schlosberg’s “Cold Love” turns on the journey of the Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre who trudged more than 15,000 miles by non-motorized means of travel —dog sled, skis and kayak– throughout the High Arctic and polar regions.

In “Footprint,” Valentina Canavesio puts the spotlight on what challenges an overpopulated planet will face in the next future. Over-consumption and limited resources are severe menaces. 108 has worldwide rights to “Footprint,” excluding North America.

A  five half-hour TV series, “Passionate TV” focuses on the encouraging stories of five successful people who following their dreams of trying to make the world a better place.

“T-Rex” tells the story of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields who was the first U.S. woman boxer to win a gold medal, at London’s Olympic Games in 2012 when she was seventeen.

All these four documentaries are party of the 108 Believe brand.

In addition, 108 Media brings to IDFA “Sasuke” and “Exodus.” A best editing winner at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Mikiko Saski’s “The Great Sasuke” portrays a regional Japanese wrestler and local politician — Masanori Murakawa– who never took off his mask during his political career, which finished when he lost in the Iwate governor elections.

A Syrian-American genre director, Elias Matar (“Ashes”) chronicles in “Exodus” the journey of three thousands Syrians seeking refuge and crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey towards the Greece shoreline in the winter of 2015 in the hope of finding asylum in the European Union. “A very real problem that is simply not being addressed by traditional news and media sources. It puts a human face on an international crisis, at a time now more then ever, when a little bit of humanity can mean the difference between life and death,” Matar told Variety.

108 Media CEO Abhi Rastogi said: “We’ve always had a passion for thought-provoking documentaries and these titles offer a global perspective on some truly moving and astonishing  life stories.”

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