Toronto: Arab Spring Documentary ‘We Are the Giant’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Music Box Films has picked up U.S. rights (minus TV broadcast) to Greg Barker’s Arab Spring documentary “We Are the Giant.”

Music Box will release the film theatrically later this year for an Academy qualification run.

The deal was announced Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, a week and a half after the Aug. 30 arrest of one of the film’s subjects, prominent Bahraini human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja. She was detained upon her arrival in Bahrain after traveling there to see her ailing father, dissident Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

“We Are the Giant,” which portrays activists in Libya, Syria and Bahrain, premiered in January at Sundance.

The film is a Passion Pictures and Motto Pictures Production with Barker (“Manhunt”) directing. Producers John Battsek, Julie Goldman and Barker.

The narrative follows ordinary individuals who are transformed by the critical moral and personal challenges they encounter when standing up for what they believe is right.

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