Ahead of its world premiere in competition at SXSW 2024, An Army of Women has been acquired by Together Films in a deal for worldwide rights.
Directed by Julie Lunde Lillesæter, the documentary is about a group of women in Austin, Texas who join forces and help build a movement of plaintiffs legally challenging the system that allowed their rapists to walk free. It’s a landmark story of women fighting to hold law enforcement accountable, with resounding relevance worldwide.
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Pic is funded and supported by Norwegian Film Institute, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Still Water Foundation, Viken Film Center, Arts Council Norway, NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk, NRK, SVT & DR. Lillesæter also served as its producer.
“Premiering our documentary at SXSW in Austin holds immense significance and is a tribute to the courage of survivors and the strength of a community united for change,” said the filmmaker. “Having worked with the thoughtful and strategic team at Together Films for the last two years on impact strategy, we are so excited to be partnering with them for world sales. They truly understand the message of our film and through their expertise we look forward to reaching a global audience and driving a crucial conversation on the injustice faced by sexual assault survivors.”
Lillesæter expressed the belief that the film “presents a compelling opportunity for major streamers and buyers. This unprecedented story shows that through resilience and solidarity, the systems that fail us can be changed. Our hope is that this can be a catalyst for change for the rest of the US, and that global audiences will be left with the same optimism and fighting spirit that drives the women in our film.”
Added Together Films Founder & CEO, Sarah Mosses, “We are thrilled to unveil our latest acquisition, the extraordinary An Army of Women at SXSW. Having worked with the incredible team at Differ Media on impact strategy, we are delighted to now be releasing the film for international sales. This landmark story of justice and positive change will resonate deeply, not only with survivors, but with audiences globally. Following the success of films such as Victim/Suspect and Roll Red Roll, the data shows there is a strong appetite for films fighting for the rights of survivors and we anticipate global buyers will be eager to secure the film for their slates.”
Mosses and International Sales & Acquisitions Manager Jess Reilly negotiated the deal with Norwegian production company Differ Media.
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