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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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