Mpower developing Rwandan genocide tale

'Left to Tell' based on Immaculee Ilibagiz's autobiography

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CANNES -- "The Passion of the Christ" producer Stephen McEveety and his Mpower shingle will develop "Left to Tell," based on the memoir of a woman who survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

The company has acquired Immaculee Ilibagiza's religion-inflected autobiography, titled "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust," that tells of the author's return to spend Easter with her Catholic family in 1994 when the Tutsi massacre took place.

The author witnessed a number of her family members killed. She survived by hiding in the bathroom of a Hutu pastor for three months, and attributes her survival during that brutal time to her faith.

Also on Mpower's Cannes sales slate are the international rights to the Iranian martyrdom drama "The Stoning of Soraya M.," which focused on a journalist who uncovers a conspiracy to falsely accuse a woman of adultery and stone her to death in Khomeini's Iran. It stars McEveety's "Passion" lead Jim Caviezel.

McEveety, a former producing partner of Mel Gibson's, said he founded Mpower to "make movies that matter -- profoundly impacting culture, while inspiring and entertaining audiences."

The banner also is in post on the dramedy "Snowmen," in which Ray Liotta and Christopher Lloyd star as men trying to get in to the Guinness Book of World Records by any means possible, and were behind anti-Michael Moore spoof "An American Carol" last year.