Exclusive: First Hand inks pre-sales for “Imam’s Daughter”

Zurich- and Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has inked a raft of pre-sales and sales for docs including the Guardian Docs-backed The Imam's Daughter (pictured) and Ido Haar's Presenting Princess Shaw.
April 12, 2016

Zurich- and Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has inked a raft of presales and sales for docs including Patrick Farrelly’s The Imam’s Daughter(working title, pictured) and Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw, respectively.

First Hand secured presales for The Imam’s Daughter with SRF Switzerland, UR Sweden and RTE Ireland. The Guardian Docs-backed film was pitched at the IDFA Forum’s Central Pitch in 2014, and tackles the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) through protagonist and FGM survivor Jaha Dukureh.

Meanwhile, Belgium’s VRT pre-bought the Inselfilm-produced The Economy of Occupation, which examines the economic ramifications of the occupation of Palestine on Israel and other countries. The broadcaster also picked up Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw, on the relationship between Israeli artist Kutiman and American singer Samantha Montgomery. In addition, the latter film went to Polish doc distributor Against Gravity, which also bought Fonko.

Elsewhere, Switzerland’s RTS bought Citizenfour , Belgium’s SRF took Heroes for a Semester, NHK acquired Match Made in Heaven and RTP Portugal bought the series Contact and 1711 Videos – Trespassing Bergman.

TV3 Catalunya bought The Crossing, which was also picked up by TVN Poland, along with Brides of Allah. RTV Slovenia, HRT Croatia and YES Israel, meanwhile, bought The Swedish Theory of Love, which also went to GA&A Italy for national broadcaster Rai as well as theatrical release.

Spafax took Nice People for in-flight programming, while Czech Television took Sound of Torture and AVRO bought Peter Lindbergh – The Eye.

Finally, Canada’s Knowledge Network has commissioned the 18-year-old distributor to curate a collection of 40 titles for its new VOD platform.

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