Sundance competitor 'Sepideh' gets iTunes release

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 12:06 PM

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — An international documentary in competition at the Sundance Film Festival can already be seen throughout the United States and Canada.

Apple's iTunes made "Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars" available for rent or purchase on Tuesday, marking the first time the company has distributed a film while it is still playing at the independent film showcase. The Sundance Film Festival continues through Sunday in Park City, Utah.

"Sepideh" tells the story of an Iranian girl who dreams of being an astronaut, despite the limitations of her culture and gender. The film is the first feature documentary from Danish director Berit Madsen.

Most films playing at Sundance can only be seen at the festival — at least until distributors decide to pick them up and make them available to wider audiences.

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