SnagFilms Picks Up 'Sewing Hope' Documentary About Time 100 Honoree (Exclusive)
SnagFilms will release the Forest Whitaker-narrated documentary Sewing Hope, about Time 100 honoree Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
Nyirumbe runs a school in Uganda, where she teaches girls who were kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Uganda how to sew and plant crops. Nyirumbe uses practical skills to help restore dignity, independence and hope. The girls also receive psychological support and literacy training. Her work to help the victims of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda's civil war was recently highlighted by Time magazine, which named Nyirumbe as one of its 100 most influential people of 2014. Nyirumbe also had a memorable appearance on The Colbert Report earlier this year.
SnagFilms will release the film over its streaming video service in the fall.
The documentary, which has recently screened at various film festivals, was directed by Derek Watson and produced by Reggie and Rachelle Whitten.
"Heroes come in all sizes and from all places," SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen said in a statement. "Sister Rosemary is a global hero for standing up to the utter evil of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army — but as impressively, she has created real futures for the girls who were victimized in that brutal civil war. Sewing Hope is powerful proof of individual action and a beautiful story of happiness and meaning returning for those who knew only despair. We are proud to bring it to audiences this fall."
Watson added: "From the moment I first met Sister Rosemary I realized that this was a person that the entire world should meet. Our goal for Sewing Hope was to tell her powerful story and inspire others to join her mission of healing. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with SnagFilms to get this story to as many people as possible. It's a dream come true for our team but more than anything, a dream come true for the girls in northern Uganda who need our support behind them and deserve to have their story heard."
Nyirumbe is also the subject of a Sewing Hope book, by Reggie Whitten and Nancy Henderson.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Time 100 gala, Nyirumbe said she hoped the documentary would inform people about what she's doing.
"These children have gone through a lot of pain, but the pain has not defined them," Nyirumbe told THR. "They have gone triumphantly above this pain. These children have been fighting back the war … with machines and needles. … They are the winners of this battle in northern Uganda because they are working with dignity; they are working with their hands."