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Chanda’s Secrets – From Award-Winning Novel to Feature Film

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Chanda’s Secrets – From Award-Winning Novel to Feature Film

Annick Press has optioned, through Aurora Artists Inc., feature film rights to Allan Stratton’s award-winning, bestselling novel Chanda’s Secrets to Dilemma Productions and Dreamer Joint Venture Productions.

In this groundbreaking novel, Allan Stratton masterfully presents the human face of the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. Readers around the globe have responded. Following its initial North American publication in 2004, Chanda’s Secrets has been translated into seven languages and is available in over 30 countries.

In the creation of the novel, Stratton visited mortuaries, cattle posts, and towns in sub-Saharan Africa, speaking with frontline HIV/AIDS workers and shattered families. Yet in the midst of the pandemic, this is a story that offers hope and honors life, where the human spirit responds to even the most severe circumstances.

In a truly international collaboration befitting the scope of this extraordinary novel, Canada’s Dilemma Productions and Germany’s Dreamer Joint Venture Productions have hired South African Oliver Schmitz as director and Canadian Dennis Foon as screenwriter.

Vancouver-based Dilemma Productions has won numerous awards, most notably the World Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival for The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson. Dreamer Joint Venture Productions received international attention, including the 2006 German Film Award, for its documentary Lost Children about child soldiers in Northern Uganda. Oliver Schmitz, who most recently directed a piece in the critically acclaimed film Paris, je t’aime, brings to this film an innate knowledge of his native South Africa.

"I wrote Chanda's Secrets to put a human face to the sub-Saharan AIDS pandemic. It's a visually charged story that reaches audiences of all ages. A film version, created on location by South African director Oliver Schmitz, is a dream come true." —Allan Stratton, author

Chanda’s Secrets has received unanimous international praise. Winner of the 2005 Africana Book Award, the novel was also named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and was a finalist for the Prix Sorcière of France. Annick Press has been publishing quality literature for children and youth for over 30 years.

From the publisher's press release. To read more about Chanda's Secrets, visit the Annick Press website.

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