First Hand Films inks deals for “Jerusalem,” “Citizenfour”

The Zurich-headquartered distributor has sold a raft of documentaries including 24 Hours Jerusalem (pictured) and Citizenfour to Swiss broadcaster SRF.
March 26, 2015

Zurich-headquartered distributor First Hand Films has sold a raft of documentaries including 24 Hours Jerusalem and Citizenfour to Swiss broadcaster SRF.

24 Hours Jerusalem – shot simultaneously by 70 crews, with a run-time of 24 hours – covers a day in the life of the city, and follows characters from all religions and backgrounds. The film will air non-stop over the course of 24 hours on SRF on April 5, beginning at 6 a.m. CET.

The broadcaster has also picked up CitizenfourLaura Poitras‘ Oscar-winning documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile, other acquisitions include Death – A Series About Life (5 x 52 minutes), a series tackling the subject of death from physical, spiritual, creative and political lenses; and Five Days To Dance (1 x 59 minutes), which sees two choreographers prepare a group of teenagers over five days for a stage performance.

Finally, SRF 3-sat has picked up Harry Dean Stanton (1 x 54 minutes), a portrait of the actor in his intimate moments, which features clips from his 250 films.


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