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First Hand Films sells “Dolphin Boy” and “Please Remove Your Shoes”

Swiss-based distributor First Hand Films has sold a number of political and current affairs docs post-MIPTV, including doc Please Remove Your Shoes: The Myth of America's Airport Security (pictured).
April 15, 2011

Swiss-based distributor First Hand Films has sold a number of political and current affairs docs post-MIPTV.

In Nordic territories, NRK (Norway) acquired Beyond the TV News: Arabs in Israel, YLE (Finland) took Please Remove Your Shoes: The Myth of America’s Airport Security, Aung San Suu Kyi: Lady of No Fear, Arna’s Children and The Settlers, with RUV (Iceland) snapping up titles Dancing with the Devil and Olafur Eliasson – Space Is Process and UR (Sweden) Dolphin Boy.

Austria’s ORF picked up Facing Death, Swiss TV in Switzerland bought Love Hate Love and Dolphin Boy, whilst NHK in Japan took Erasing David.

Polish Television in Poland took Dolphin Boy, Please Remove Your Shoes: The Myth of America’s Airport Security, The Guantanamo Trap, Love Hate Love and The Hangman.

In Israel, Noga Channel 8 picked up Please Remove Your Shoes: The Myth of America’s Airport Security, while Yes channel bought Aung San Suu Kyi: Lady of No Fear and Love Hate Love.

In Spain, the 2010 Oscar nominated Burma VJ has been picked up by Chello Multicanal and Canal Extremadura, who acquired the doc as part of a package of five titles.  In France Pay TV operator Planète Cable also snapped up the doc.

“We continue to select politically ‘hued’ current affairs titles as they work very well for us and we believe that audiences are willing and ready to face the music when it comes to looking at some hard facts.  These sales, to mention just a few, reflect the demand from our buyers and the interest in documentaries that ‘dare’ to expose the truth,” said Esther van Messel, CEO, First Hand Films.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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