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MipTV: First Hand Films Inks Deals On ‘Sound of Torture,’ ‘Footprints of War’ and ‘Shadows of Liberty’

24 March 2014 2:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Switzerland-based First Hand Films has closed a flurry of deals across its slate of polically-engaged one-offs and docu series, including ”Footprints of War,” “Sound of Torture” and “Shadows of Liberty.”

Japan’s Nhk and Latin America’s Telesur bought Jean-Philippe Tremblay’s “Shadows of Liberty,” which looks at cases of censorship, cover-ups and corporate control within the news media. It features interviews with Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman and Danny Glover.

“Over the years, we have always selected our current affairs and political documentaries with a view to extending our reach in the international market to help draw attention to some of the key crises going on in the world,” said Esther van Messel, CEO of First Hand Films. “Stories need to be told in their raw form in order to build awareness on a global level, and as the following sales reflect, demand is still very strong for this genre. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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