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Pan-African Restless Distribution Bows With ‘Mum,’ ‘Ayanda’

As the African media landscape continues to grow, local bizzers are looking to expand their reach and find new auds overseas. With this month’s launch of Restless Distribution, pan-African studio Restless Global has begun its quest “to champion quality African film and TV content in markets around the globe,” according to CCO Tendeka Matatu.

In February, co-founders Matatu and Marie Lora-Mungai announced the launch of Restless Global, which they described as “the first global studio engaged in all aspects of development, finance, production, distribution and exhibition of African content within and outside Africa.”

The first cinema release for Restless Distribution, romantic comedy “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam,” premiered in Nigeria on July 10 and will roll out in 18 cinemas across the country, in partnership with Nigeria’s FilmOne Distribution.

Restless is also pic’s worldwide distributor, and will release it in other territories following the Nigerian release.

The company has already begun to grow its catalog, securing worldwide rights for South African helmer Sara Blecher’s “Ayanda,” which earned a Special Mention after its world premiere at the recent Los Angeles Film Festival. Pic will open the upcoming Durban Intl. Film Festival on July 17, ahead of its South African theatrical release in October, and a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in early 2016.

Other recent acquisitions for the company include “30 Days in Atlanta,” Nigeria’s highest-grossing film ever, for which Restless picked up worldwide non-exclusive rights; sitcom “AY’s Crib,” starring the popular Nigerian comedian AY; and the documentary “The Last Safari.” The Restless team will be looking to acquire further titles at this year’s Durban film fest.

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