Audiences will get an opportunity to see Disney’s inaugural characteristic documentary free of charge in choose theaters throughout a one-week interval starting Aug. 5.
“Mija,” which follows two daughters of undocumented immigrants navigating the music trade, will get its Academy Award qualifying run later within the month earlier than debuting on Disney+ on Sept. 16.
“We weren’t capable of get a ranking in time for our deliberate theatrical, so our precise qualifying run is shifting a bit,” says Marjon Javadi, VP of Documentary Movie & Docuseries for Disney Authentic Documentary, part of Disney Branded Tv. “However fairly than pushing our total launch plans, we determined merely to maintain our present releases and open them to the general public. This movie is a love letter to immigrants, their youngsters and the facility of a dream.”
The debut characteristic of Mexican American filmmaker Isabel Castro, “Mija,” premiered to rave critiques at this yr’s Sundance Movie Competition. In March, Disney Authentic Documentary acquired worldwide rights to 88-minute movie.
“As we need to construct out Disney Authentic Documentary, we’ve been very eager on discovering genuine narratives, character-driven storytelling, and likewise filmmakers that herald an strategy and elegance to their work,” says Javadi. “Mija” is such an genuine portrayal of what it means to be a first-generation child and to pursue your goals and steadiness these goals whereas additionally caring for your loved ones. The music ingredient actually spoke to us as properly.”
A four-time Emmy nominated filmmaker, Castro started engaged on “Mija” in 2019 and continued to movie all through the pandemic.
“As an adolescent, I felt like there was a scarcity of tales about what it meant to return of age as an immigrant or because the baby of immigrants in the USA,” says Castro. “I wished to inform the sort of story I craved myself, as a Mexican immigrant once I was determining my id, household, and group.”
Disney Authentic Documentary has two high-profile docus in manufacturing: Ron Howard’s untitled Jim Henson movie and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway: The Last Elton John Performances and the Years That Made His Legend,” directed by R.J. Cutler and David Furnish.
“Our purpose is to construct world empathy via genuine storytelling and to embrace the inventive nonfiction type,” says Javadi. “We wish to present real-life journeys and real-life tales about inspiration and hope.”
“Mija” performed the pageant circuit all through the spring, together with runs at True/False Movie Competition, Miami Movie Competition, and CPH: DOX. Castro says she is wanting ahead to the movie’s debut on Disney+ in September.
“To have this movie, which is a movie about being the daughter of immigrants, stay on Disney’s platform seems like my largest skilled and private achievement,” says Castro. “To have the movie’s themes and matters attain viewers worldwide is unbelievable and can hopefully immediate dialog about what the expertise means.”
Final yr, Disney Authentic Documentary certified their first title, the docu quick “Sophie & the Baron,” for Oscar consideration. The movie made the documentary quick shortlist. Tickets to “Mija” will likely be free in choose theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
“The best way to consider it’s that our movies are serving an grownup viewers, however they’re family-friendly,” says Javadi. “How we body it’s, in case your four-year-old walks right into a room, you don’t must shut (the doc) off. So there are themes and parameters that we actually work with as Disney to make it family-friendly. However that doesn’t imply it’s essential watch it along with your five-year-old; it simply means in case your five-year-old is within the room, there’s not a fake pas.”