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First Hand Films sells soldier doc to Israel, Sweden

Distribution company First Hand Films has closed several deals for its documentary catalog, including Beer is Cheaper Than Therapy (pictured), which examines the hardships soldiers face when returning from war.
March 26, 2012

Zurich and Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has closed several deals for its documentary catalog, including Beer is Cheaper Than Therapy (pictured), which is heading to Israel and Sweden.

DBS in Israel and UR in Sweden both picked up the doc, which looks at the hardships soldiers face when returning from war, while SVT in Sweden, RTV in Slovenia and SBS TV in Australia acquired the four-part documentary series America in Primetime.

Other sales include MediaCorp in Singapore and PTSF in Taiwan picking up the doc special Aung San Suu Kyi: Lady of No Fear; TV2 in Norway acquiring Dolphin Boy; and BBC Persian TV in the UK picking up Burma VJ.

First Hand Films has also arranged a handful of pre-buys, with NHK in Japan, IKON in The Netherlands, and Knowledge Network in Canada all pre-buying Beyond The Wave, and Swiss TV in Switzerland pre-buying The Journey.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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