2018 Film Slate
Required Reading is a boutique film production company. We believe in the power of story to cast a vision for the world in which we want to live.
Our stories are global, diverse, unexpected, kinetic, and often inspired by real events.
THE FALCONER is inspired by the real-life story of a Yemeni brother and sister, Tariq and Alia, and their American best friend, Cai. They work together in a ramshackle zoo in Sana’a, caring for the animals they love and struggling to make ends meet until one day Alia is married off to a much older husband. While on a mission to rescue a leopard that has been stolen from the zoo the boys find out that Alia is being abused by her husband and decide to help her escape, a choice which puts all of them in danger and nearly costs them their friendship.
When she was eighteen Ilona moved to Los Angeles to escape the shadow of her famous mother, who is a “Seer” at a magical castle deep in the heart of the Black Forest. When her mother is rushed to the hospital under mysterious circumstances, Ilona is forced to come home to Germany, where she discovers that to save her mother, and possibly the world, she has to accept who she really is and face her own fear of darkness.
The Diplomat is the true, untold story of decorated UN diplomat Ralph J. Bunche, whose legacy as a force for positive global change led him to become the first African-American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and to carry the mantle of unity and equality into conflicts across the globe, including the the violent and contested decolonization effort in the Congo, facing down the forces of corrupt Belgian control, subversive Soviet influence, and the American political status-quo. Like timely films, Hidden Figures, Detroit, and The Butler, this story serves as an essential contribution to cinema and our national history, that has been overlooked and reestablishes Bunche as the African-American statesman, public servant, and unifying icon that he was and will remain.
The lives of two boys, one from a favela in Rio de Janeiro, the other from a tiny village in coastal West Africa, become inextricably tied when a recruiter brings them both to Spain to pursue their ultimate dream: play soccer under the bright lights of a European club stadium. But the dark reality of the money-driven underbelly of the world’s favorite game is revealed as the two unlikely friends are pulled deeper into politics and corruption, putting their newfound brotherhood in jeopardy. An homage to the grit and joy of international football, from the violent streets of Brazil to the red dust of Africa, this film illuminates the joys and the shadows of The Beautiful Game.
Zeke lives in a place called Number One — an underground bunker with no history and no future. He, along with 100 other “Keepers,” hold on to an opaque myth, a lullaby, that dictates that each and every one of the kids in Number One be banished into the grim darkness outside their walls on their 16th birthday. But Zeke has heard whispers of something more — a door beyond the door — and along with a few companions, ventures into The Darkness to find out what worlds and histories existed before the nothingness of Number One.
This dark fable, a play on Plato’s cave, is part “Goonies,” part “Children of Men,” a stylish, ghoulish jaunt into a strange universe created by children. An upside-down Never-Neverland. However dark and strange, “Zeke” is also filled with humor, adventure, and glimmers of hope that bubble up through the tenacious curiosity of Zeke and his teenage companions.