First Hand Films

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    Run by Esther van Messel since 1998, First Hand Films is a producer of documentaries, sales agent, and a theatrical distributor for fiction and non-fiction in Switzerland. The company has executive produced dozens of international documentaries nand made them seen by hundreds of millions of people.

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    300 Trillion - The Debt Trap

    • Rudolph Herzog
    • 2022

      The world is stuck in a debt trap—$300 trillion in liabilities have accumulated globally. Will the system collapse under their weight?

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      Call Me Dancer

      • Leslie Shampaine
      • 2022

        "Billy Elliott meets Slumdog Millionaire" - but this is real: a young man from an unlikely corner of the world conquers the biggest challenges with the help of a friend.

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        The Illusion of Abundance

        • Erika Gonzalez Ramirez
        • 2022

          Bertha, Carolina and Maxima’ stories are of tireless environmental resistance and their conviction to hunt down transnational corporations, wherever they hide.

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          Invisible Frontliners

          • Hedwig Bäbler
          • 2022

            A tender yet radical tale of those who make sure society’s basics keep working even in time of crises; proudly and pragmatically told by themselves.

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            The Journalist and Her Jailers

            • Adithya Sambamurthy
            • 2022

              Luna Watfa, a Syrian journalist living in Germany, reports for the media on those men who oversaw her detention and abuse in Assad's prisons, at the world’s first trial against members of his regime.

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              The Negotiators - How to Make Peace

              • Rosalind Bain
              • 2022

                It's not just about building trust but it's about maintaining it over time: how negotiators make peace behind the scenes.

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                Polish Prayers

                • Hana Nobis
                • 2022

                  As a traditional Catholic, the young Antek holds deeply conservative views: homosexuality can be cured, Poland is for the Poles, abortion is evil, and sex before marriage is forbidden. Until he falls in love, and doubt begins to set in.

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                  The Seven Years of Absalon

                  • David Ofek
                  • 2022

                    Meir Eshel, reinvented himself as an artist named "Absalon", quickly rising to art/scene stardom. Years after his tragic death, Absalon's younger brother Dani is tasked with selling his final work.

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                    Two Kids A Day

                    • David Wachsmann
                    • 2022

                      Two kids are arrested any day, for being kids in Palestine under the Israeli Occupation. There’s an underlying systemic motive to the mass: when a child is jailed, its family won’t make any noise.

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                      Up to G-Cup - Inside the First Lingerie Shop in Iraqi Kurdistan

                      • Jacqueline van Vugt
                      • 2022

                        Women in a world dominated by war, faith, men, mothers and grandmothers, powerfully demonstrating self-determination, sensitivity, sensuality and sexuality.

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                        Verified Couple

                        • Joscha Bongard
                        • 2022

                          Jamie Young and Nico Nice made a fortune as wholesome Verified Couple on porn websites. Now they live their dream under palm trees at the tax haven state Cyprus. But how does it look off the stage?

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                          The Witches of Ireland

                          • Paula Kehoe
                          • 2022

                            This six-part series offers a unique lens into the social, political and religious conditions that resulted in one of the greatest ‘otherings’ in human history.

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