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National Geographic Acquires ‘Sugarcane’ Documentary For Theatrical Release and Disney+

National Geographic has acquired the documentary film “Sugarcane” out of the Sundance Film FestivalNational Geographic Documentary Films plans to roll out “Sugarcane” at global festivals throughout the rest of the year and release it in theaters before its streaming debut on Disney+.

The doc is an investigation into abuse and missing children at an Indian residential school which ignites a reckoning on the nearby Sugarcane Reserve.

According to Deadline, Nat Geo struck a deal in the low seven-figures.

“Sugarcane” explores the lasting intergenerational legacy of trauma from the residential school system including forced family separation, physical and sexual abuse, and the destruction of Native culture and language.

The feature comes from filmmakers Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie.

Kassie produces alongside Kellen Quinn. The film was produced by Kassie Films and Hedgehog Films production, in association with Impact Partners and Fit Via Vi.

Executive producers for the film are Bill Way, Elliott Whitton, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Tegan Acton, Emma Pompetti, Grace Lay, Sumalee Montano, Sabrina Merage Naim, Douglas Choi, Adam and Melony Lewis, Meadow Fund, JanaLee Cherneski and Ian Desai, David and Linda Cornfield, Maida Lynn, and Robina Riccitiello.

The co-executive producers are Kelsey Koenig, Lauren Haber, Meryl Metni and Jennifer Pelling. Christopher LaMarca was director of photography, Emily Kassie was cinematographer, it was edited by Nathan Punwar and Maya Daisy Hawke with music by Mali Obomsawin.

Source: Deadline

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