Presents 'The Lottery of Birth'

Howard Zinn
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New York, NY, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --, a new digital platform of Mangusta Productions, announced today the Theatrical Premiere of The Lottery of Birth, a film by Raoul Martinez and Joshua Van Praag, the first installment in a groundbreaking new three-part documentary series: Creating Freedom. The premiere will be held at Tribeca Grand Cinema on Friday, June 21 at 7:00pm, located at 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10013, with filmmakers in attendance. The Lottery of Birth is dedicated to the late Howard Zinn. The series explores the most urgent questions of power, control and freedom in modern democracies, and includes a stellar cast of interviewees from Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman to Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett and Tony Benn.

The theatrical premiere of The Lottery of Birth is dedicated to the late Howard Zinn.

For the official trailer, click here.

Offering a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information The Lottery of Birth is going to make you think again about what it means to be free. Drawing on the best minds in philosophy, history, psychology, physics and economics, it employs decades of evidence to interrogate what we are, where we are and where we want to be. Oscar winning actor Colin Firth said of The Lottery of Birth: "I was quite blown away. A lot of bracing, tangential and uncomfortable thought--looks and sounds beautiful."

The Lottery of Birth comes fresh from its success on the festival circuit where it played to sold out audiences internationally, was nominated for Best Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival and won the Spirit Award at the Los Angeles Artivist Film Festival.

"The Lottery of Birth was perfect for us in launching our new digital platform with, because both the film and our mission are based on questioning the current societal constraints," says Sol Tryon, Partner at and Mangusta Productions. "From birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces. The outcome of this battle determines the society we create," says Raoul Martinez. Joshua Van Praag adds, "This is a film about the cultural, educational, political and commercial forces that shape our identities, often in ways that limit both our personal and political freedom."

The Lottery of Birth will run for a week at the IFP reRun Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn from Friday, June 21 through Thursday, June 27. Each screening night will feature a filmmakers Q&A session or a conversation led by a guest speaker. The filmmakers will be in attendance each day of the run. The film will also receive a UK theatrical release with Curzon cinemas in the Fall of 2013.

Space is strictly limited, tickets can be booked in advance at:

For audiences unable to attend the theatrical run in New York, the film will also be available to stream online at, an innovative new digital platform that questions traditional media approaches showcasing

films exploring an array of topics from consciousness and psychedelics to politics and sustainability. The site, due to launch out of beta on June 21, offers members opportunities to watch, learn and gift social issue-documentaries and narrative features. In addition, the film will be available on iTunes as part of's digital strategy to release its films in theaters, digitally and on DVD internationally all on the same day. will be releasing a series of viral videos across their branded social channels leading up to the Theatrical Premiere. To discover these videos, follow @Mangu_tv on Twitter and Friend on Facebook at

Two Press Screenings will be held in advance of the premiere at reRun theater: Wednesday, June 12th, 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, June 19th at 1:00 p.m. reRun theater is located at 147 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Directors Raoul Martinez and Joshua Van Praag and Mangusta Productions founders are available for interviews. Please contact Debra Anderson, or 347-463-9023 x1415. Contact Justin Ferrato at to RSVP to press screenings at reRun theater.


The barriers to entering the worlds of television and film have always been high--equipment has been always expensive and distribution has always been strictly controlled. As a consequence, challenging and provocative voices have often been excluded from reaching a wide audience. But media is changing. Different models are now possible. Radical voices are finding new ways to be heard above the noise. is pioneering this change. Mangu does not claim to be neutral. Mangu is a call to action that challenges us to discover new ways of thinking about both our world and ourselves.

Coming soon

After exploring the movement of holistic sustainability with 2012: Time for Change, is taking the discourse further with Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines that will premiere in New York City on October 5, 2013. Valentine's Day 2014 will bring the release of Monogamy and its Discontents: An Exploration of Love and Marriage in the West. is currently in production on Bruce Parry's quest, a journey to discover human connectivity through tribal knowledge, eastern philosophy and cutting edge western science. A bit further down the pipeline and currently in development is Urban Tantra, an exploration of tantric sexuality, sacred and positive.

About Mangusta Productions

Mangusta Productions develops, produces and distributes independent narrative feature films and paradigm-challenging feature documentaries while facilitating a thriving community of filmmakers, artists, social-activists and seekers. Mangusta aims to provide a sustainable environment in which independent filmmakers complete and show their work, while retaining creative and financial control. Believing in the power of movies to enrich lives and effect change in the world, Mangusta is committed to bringing important work to audiences worldwide. Mangusta has offices in New York and California.

Global Media Contact:

Debra Anderson

Culture Shock

Tel: 347-463-9023 ex.1415

Cell: 917-363.6027


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