First Hand Films sells docs into Europe, U.S.

Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has notched licensing agreements for various docs, including Shadows of Liberty: The Media Monopoly in American Journalism (pictured), to territories across Europe and the U.S.
March 28, 2013

Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has notched licensing agreements for various docs, including Shadows of Liberty: The Media Monopoly in American Journalism, to territories across Europe and the U.S.

In the U.S., Link TV acquired the aforementioned Shadows of Liberty (pictured, above), a film from Jean-Philippe Tremblay that explores the impact of corporate control over the media.

Spain’s TVE and Denmark’s DR also picked up the doc, as well as Surviving The Tsunami – My Atomic Aunt, in which director Kyoko Miyake revisit her family’s hometown in the Fukushima district post-tsunami.

RSI in Switzerland took The Only Son, which follows a young man living in the Netherlands as he returns home to his Nepali Himalyan village; while DTS in Spain took Harry Dean Stanton – Partly Fiction.

SVT in Sweden picked up Voices From El Sayed, and Planète Cable in France bought Prison Island Bastøy and Seduced and Blackmailed, while ORF in Austria took To See If I’m Smiling.

“Buyers continue to look for sharp documentaries and some of our programs are focused on themes that can highlight the strength of the human spirit when faced with adversity, which is very much in demand,” said Esther van Messel, CEO of First Hand Films.

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