Wednesday, June 21, 2006


June 21, 2006

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC Following the success at several high-profile festivals and a growing international interest in "ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story", Safari Media has signed a deal with Roco Films, a California-based distributor and sales representative for documentaries. Roco Films will be ABDUCTION's official representative outside of the United States. Annie Roney, the founder and head of Roco Films, saw ABDUCTION in January at the Slamdance Film Festival and loved it. "As a foreign distributor of award-winning theatrical documentaries, we look for fresh narratives that illuminate an issue, or part of the world, while at the same time transcend the borders in which they are told," said Roney. "ABDUCTION encompasses all those things. I was particularly touched by the intimate access and refreshing glimpse into one extraordinary Japanese family."
Roney is a highly-praised distributor of documentary films whose incredible work ethic and reputation for representing good stories has won her the admiration of the top buyers and filmmakers in the industry. Her films include the Oscar-winning film "Born Into Brothels" and the Oscar-nominated "Street Fight" and "The Weather Underground."
"We met Annie at Slamdance," said Chris Sheridan, who along with his wife, Patty Kim, directed and produced ABDUCTION. "I could tell right away she was the right fit for this film. She loved the story and knew what it would take to get TV networks and distributors interested in it."
ABDUCTION tells the story of Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies. The film follows her parents' emotional journey to try to bring her home. The film's Executive Producer is Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of THE PIANO.
ABDUCTION is produced in association with the BBC.

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