In an image taken from footage broadcast on Al-Jazeera television on August 22, 2011, shows Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi gesturing while delivering a nationwide address in Tripoli. Gadhafi says he will stay in Libya despite the bloody showdown between protesters and his security forces. Libyan rebels have reached the highly symbolic Green Square in the center of Tripoli on August 22, 2011. UPI | License Photo
NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. says it has acquired the U.S. rights to "The Oath of Tobruk," a documentary about the end of Moammar Gadhafi's reign in Libya.
French philosopher, journalist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy made the documentary during the eight-month period of conflict that ended in Gadhafi's death late last year.
"For me, [producer] Harvey Weinstein is not simply 'The Artist,'" Levy said in a statement. "He is the producer who helped launch Amnesty International in the United States; the man who fought capital punishment with the weapon of cinema; and the one who defended Roman Polanski in the face of those who wished to lynch him. This Weinstein, I am happy to learn, is joining Studio 37 in the adventure of 'The Oath of Tobruk.'"
"This wonderful movie shows BHL's incredible courage and the strength of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and also highlights the invaluable leadership from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. American audiences will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how our government and the French government worked together to stop the slaughter of innocent civilians and brilliantly handled the overthrow of a government," said Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC.
The documentary is to screen Friday at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Four key figures of the Libyan revolution, who have been invited by Levy, will attend the screening to dedicate their achievement in Libya to their Syrian friends, the film studio said.