Urban Movie Channel has acquired ArtMattan titles “The Man Who Mends Women” (Thierry Michel and Colette Braekman’s documentary portrait of Doctor Denis Mukwege) and dramatic feature “Stand Down Soldier” ( from Jeryl Prescott Sales), for May releases.
A sensitive yet impactful film that sheds light on the atrocities committed against women throughout the long-running conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “The Man Who Mends Women” premieres exclusively on UMC on Friday, May 19, 2017.
The documentary tells the story of Doctor Mukwege, internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
His endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators is not welcome, and at the end of 2012, the Doctor was the target of an attempt on his life – which he miraculously survived.
In addition, on Friday, May 26, 2017, UMC presents the new military drama, “Stand Down Soldier.” After Sergeant Stacy Armstrong (Jeryl Prescott – “The Walking Dead,” “The Birth of a Nation”) returns from three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, she and her husband Jesse are determined to save their twenty-year marriage from being another casualty of war. Infidelity, addiction, and a tragic accident test the couple’s commitment as Jesse struggles to keep Stacy and their marriage alive.
The film, which was also written and directed by lead actress Jeryl Prescott, is an exploration of life after military service that highlights issues returning soldiers face in their civil lives such as mental health issues, loneliness, and drug addiction.
“The Urban Movie Channel provides a great service to the community and to filmmakers through its offering of meaningful, quality entertainment,” says Diarah N’Daw-Spech, ArtMattan Films. “We are delighted that two films we have fought for – “Stand Down Soldier” and “The Man Who Mends Women” – have been embraced by UMC. Both are rare films about very important subjects and we think that UMC is the perfect home for them.”
Available at www.UMC.tv, UMC is a premium subscription streaming service that showcases entertainment across all genres targeting an urban audience.
ArtMattan Films is the distribution arm of ArtMattan Productions, a company dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of films that focus on the human experience of people of color all over the world.
Trailers for both films follow below: