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Zeitgeist Films Takes Rights to ‘Theo Who Lived’ Doc About Journo Kidnapped by Islamic Militants (Exclusive)

1 June 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New York-based specialty distributor Zeitgeist Films has acquired theatrical U.S. rights to potentially hot button docu “Theo Who Lived,” about American journalist Theo Padnos who was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in Syria and held captive for nearly two years in a series of prisons.

Directed by U.S. documaker and producer David Schisgall – known for prostitution-themed “Very Young Girls” and for “The Lifestyle: Group Sex in the Suburbs” – “Theo” features Padnos returning to the Middle East where he “retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey,” according to a statement from Zeitgeist.

Padnos (pictured) spoke fluent Arabic and was thus thought by his captors to be a CIA operative after he slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war. He was kidnapped in October 2012.

He has written a first-person account of his experience published in a The New York Times Magazine cover story »

- Nick Vivarelli

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