ITN PRODUCTIONS DOCUMENTARIES DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY
Leading independent distributor DRG is expanding its portfolio of high-end current affairs documentaries, securing the international rights to Channel 4’s Syria’s Torture Machine produced by ITN Productions.
DRG has also signed a number of major international broadcast deals for Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, one of the most impactful recent documentaries also produced by ITN Productions for Channel 4 (UK). Deals include ABC, Australia; AETN18, India; TV Today Network, India; DR, Denmark, and NRK, Norway.
In Syria’s Torture Machine (1 x 60’) internationally renowned journalist Jonathan Miller presents a harrowing investigation into the systematic detention and torture of Syrian civilians. It features devastating video evidence of men, women and children being subjected to brutal beatings, whippings and more elaborate torture.
While the Syrian government insists it’s fighting an armed insurgency, the evidence pouring out on the internet every day suggests an increasingly desperate fight against a brutal regime which uses detention and torture, as well as sheer military force, to suppress all opposition.
The investigation travels to Syria and Lebanon where victims, refugees and activists who have experienced or witnessed torture at the hands of Syrian president’s al-Assad’s forces are interviewed. Their stories and evidence of gruesome torture and abuse builds a dossier of systematic abuse conducted by the Syrian government.
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields (1 x 60’) sees Jon Snow present a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.
With disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of executions, atrocities and the shelling of civilians, the programme features devastating new video evidence of war crimes - some of the most horrific footage Channel 4 has ever broadcast.
The film raises serious questions about the consequences if the UN fails to act, not only with respect to Sri Lanka but also to future violations of international law.
Patrick Roberts, Senior VP International Sales at DRG says: “Following a year of global civil unrest, these hard-hitting current affairs documentaries resonate with audiences and stimulate debate around the world. ITN Productions is renowned for its journalistic integrity and the outstanding quality of its work and DRG is proud to share these films with broadcasters and audiences worldwide.”
Chris Shaw, Editorial Director, ITN Productions adds: “Both of these documentaries expose wrong doing by using first hand video evidence filmed by victims and perpetrators on their smart phones which is forming a new wave of TV journalism made possible by social networks and smart phone technology. ITN Productions is very pleased to be working with DRG who are giving these programmes wider release internationally and finding broadcast partners who want to share these important films with their viewers.”