EXCLUSIVE: The Topic Store streamer has strengthened his ties with the African creative community by acquiring the North American broadcast rights to past Oscar nominations from South Africa and Senegal, as well as films from Kenya and Ghana.
Call me thief (South Africa) and Nafi’s father (Senegal) will be released on the platform later this month alongside Soft (Kenya) and Salon de la CÃ´te d’Or (Ghana).
Call me thief First aired in 2016 and follows Abraham, who is arrested for a minor misdemeanor and elevates his status in prison by captivating hardened gangsters with his talent for storytelling. Nafi’s father was the Senegalese entry last year to the Oscar for Best International Feature Film and features a fight between an imam and his powerful brother over the marriage of their children.
Meanwhile, a Kenyan doc Soft tells the story of political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi and the Afro-Noir Salon de la CÃ´te d’Or follows a criminal family who must clean up their act before the government closes their private salon.
Topic Director Ryan Chanatry said the films “will advance our goal of building strong relationships with the African creative community” and are “part of our mission to bring high profile international stories to viewers in the United States and in Canada”.
The acquisitions come six months after Topic partnered with Statement Films to support, develop and finance projects by African and diaspora designers.
Jennifer Liang, VP of Acquisitions at Topic negotiated deals with Jenna-Lee Burns at Gravel Road Films for Call me thief and Salon de la CÃ´te d’Or, Maba Ma at Joye Didi for Nafi’s father and Ian Stimler at Icarus Films for Soft.