Netflix Picks Up Sundance Doc 'Shirkers'

The streamer also picked up doc short 'Zion.'

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Shirkers, a doc that premiered at this year's Sundance film festival where director Sandi Tan won the directing award in world cinema documentary.

Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophia Siddique made a 16mm noir in Singapore in 1992, titled Shirkers, that was stolen by their American collaborator Georges Cardona, who then disappeared. More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., received the 70 canisters of film, prompting her to return home.

The streamer also picked up doc short Zion, which follows Zion Clark, a young wrestler born without legs who grew up in foster care.

Both Zion and Shirkers will hit the platform this year.

Netflix is currently in Oscar contention with three docs — the features Icarus and Strong Island, as well as the short Heroin(e). Last year, the streamer picked up an Oscar nod for doc short White Helmets