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Theo Who Lived (2016)

Theo Who Lived
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $11,271Details
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In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors. By the time of his release, twenty-two months later, he had become a confidante of al-Qaeda’s top commander in Syria. Padnos returns to the Middle East and retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey, performing his memories, and enacting the fantasy world he created as means of mental escape.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 14,101-14,200) 14,120 $11,271
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 19,201-19,300) 19,264 $11,271

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: September 30th, 2016 (Limited) by Zeitgeist
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 86 minutes
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Keywords: Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, Kidnap, Tortured for Information, C.I.A., Mistaken Identity, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Zeitgeist Films
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Theo Padnos    Himself


Nancy Curtis    Herself
Viva Hardigg    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

David Schisgall    Screenwriter
Amanda Branson Gill    Producer
Evgenia Peretz    Executive Producer
Dan Cogan    Executive Producer
Mark Steele    Co-Producer
Byron Estep    Music composed and performed by
Jane Jo    Editor
Timothy Grucza    Director of Photography
Knox White    Production Designer

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/10/07 78 $4,990   1 $4,990   $4,990 2
2016/10/14 88 $2,494 -50% 2 $1,247   $9,430 3
2016/10/21 108 $974 -61% 1 $974   $11,271 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/10/07 82 $6,936   1 $6,936   $6,936 2
2016/10/14 96 $3,361 -52% 2 $1,681   $10,297 3

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