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Sundance Selects Grabs 'The Imperialists Are Still Alive!'

Zeina Durra's political drama, which screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, will get a March release.

Sundance Selects has acquired worldwide rights, excluding the U.K. and Mexico, to the political drama The Imperialists Are Still Alive! The company will debut the film theatrically and on VOD in March.

Zeina Durra wrote, directed and produced the story of a variety of young emigres, including a conceptual artist of Middle Eastern origin, living and working in upper-class New York City while dealing with issues of assimilation and xenophobia. It had its world premiere in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Vanessa Hope produced the film with Durra. Hani Farsi, Rami Makhzoumi, Matthew Chausse, Mohammed Alturki and Hamza Talhouni are executive producers on the project.

“As a company that prides itself on showcasing exciting new directorial talent, we could not be more thrilled to show this film to our audience,” said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring. “Zeina Durra has created a picture that brings fresh perspective to the issues of post-9/11 politics, romance and multiculturalism.”

IFC Films’ senior vp of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with sales agent Andrew Herwitz of Film Sales Company.

Sundance Selects recently released Mary and Max, The Shock Doctrine and The Art of the Steal.