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Berlin: Music Box Films Picks Up Doc 'Watchers of the Sky' for U.S.

Watchers of the Sky Sundance Film Still - H 2014

The film about Raphael Lemkin, the man who created the word genocide and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities, premiered at Sundance.

Berlin -- Music Box Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Edet Belzberg's doc Watchers of the Sky, which premiered at Sundance.

Music Box is planning to open it theatrically later in 2014, with an eye for a qualifying run for Academy Award consideration.

Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, the film explores the life of Raphael Lemkin, the man who created the word genocide, set up the world court system and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities.

The doc is produced by Propeller Films, along with the film's director Belzberg, Amelia Green-Dove and Kerry Propper. Belzberg's previous films include the Academy-nominated film Children Underground and The Recruiter.

THR's critic Duane Byrge wrote of the film at Sundance: "Inventively connecting the various genocides with a spare and succinct animation, the film is a complex weave of interviews, historical footage and up-to-date news footage."