Shadow Distribution has acquired North American rights to Chai Vasarhelyi’s “I Bring What I Love: Youssou Ndour,” a music-filled documentary about the Senegalese musician.
A devout Muslim, Ndour is shown working on his “deeply personal and religious” album “Egypt,” which he hoped would help promote a more benign portrait of Islam.
But “Love” also chronicles the album’s disappointing reception among Muslims in Senegal, where it is denounced as blasphemous.
Vasarhelyi followed Ndour for more than two years in shooting the pic, with filming in Africa, Europe and the U.S. The helmer lauded the distribution deal with Shadow.
“Their enthusiasm for the film and their belief in the film’s broad potential make them a perfect partner,” Vasarhelyi said.
The film’s original score was composed by Martin Davich and James Newton Howard.
Exec producers included Edward Tyler Nahem, Jennifer Millstone, Patrick Morris, Jack Turner, Kathryn Tucker and Miklos Vasarhelyi, with Sarah Price, Scott Duncan and Hugo Berkeley as co-producers. (partialdiff)