Becker giving life to ‘Voices’ docu

Film to be introduced at European Film Market in Berlin

SYDNEY — Becker Films Intl. has nabbed global rights to docu “Voices of Iraq,” which it will introduce to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.

The pic was culled from more than 450 hours of footage shot on digital video by more than 2,000 Iraqis, starting with the insurgency in Fallouja in April and continuing through September.

Producers Eric Manes and Martin Kunert (formerly of MTV) and Archie Drury, an actor and Gulf War vet, handed out 150 digital video cameras to Iraqis including teachers, doctors, policemen, children and even insurgents.

The docu was released in the U.S. in October by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s Magnolia Pictures.

Becker Films Intl. prez Reiko Bradley acquired the offshore rights from L.A.-based production outfit Booya Studios.

“The response to this film has been very positive and we believe that the honest emotions and opinions expressed by the Iraqis … will resonate and interest audiences all over the world,” said Bradley, a former exec VP of worldwide distribution with L.A.-based MDP. She launched BFI in 2003 as a co-venture with Oz film and television company, Becker Group.

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It’s the second title for BFI focusing on the region after “Osama,” filmmaker Siddiq Barmak’s tale of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.