HBO picks up 'Fixer' doc

Film explores life and death of Afghani translator

HBO's documentary division has acquired television rights to "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi."

Ian Olds' movie, which world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival Saturday, looks at the story of an Afghani fixer, a local man who is paid to translate for and help Western journalists, and his relationship with the American reporter Christian Parenti.

Naqshbandi is kidnapped and killed by the Taliban while on the job, and the movie explores both his life and the reaction of his friends and the government to the tragedy. Olds produced with Nancy Roth.

The doc follows in the tradition of "Taxi to the Dark Side," a story about a murdered Afghani cab driver which won the doc Oscar last year.

The net will premiere "Fixer" in August.

The sale marks the third pickup of a movie out of Tribeca, following ESPN's buy of the baseball doc "The Lost Son of Havana" and First Run's acquisition of the anti-Semitism nonfiction pic "Defamation."
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