"The King of North Sudan"
Who is Jeremiah Heaton and why is the world mad at him for trying to give his daughter a gift unlike any other? The documentary The King of North Sudan chronicles the global backlash the Virginia farmer faced when he declared a strip of unclaimed land along the border between Egypt and Sudan his royal kingdom. Heaton even lost his deal with Disney to make two films based on his crusade to claim Bir Tawil as his own and name his daughter Emily, then 7 years old, its princess. Director Danny Abel and writer Brett Blake follow the undeterred Heaton across the world in his bid to raise the necessary capital to develop the 795 square miles of desert land. What follows is a documentary that examines the thin line between the pursuit of the American dream and the West's economic exploitation of Africa. The King of North Sudan will screen during the Austin Film Festival at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin and 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Hideout Theatre. The documentary counts David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill among its executive producers.
Posted: Oct. 23, 2021.