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Founded in Zurich and Berlin by Esther van Messel, to distribute independent fiction and documentary films for television and cinema, First Hand Films is present at all major festivals around the year and represents more than 200 films and their makers from all over the world.

"First Hand Films must make people laugh, cry, fall in love and learn something. About one in twenty films does that to us. When filmmakers take us into a new universe. When they tell us stories we never thought existed. When they take us through hell and back. When they walk rainbows with us. When we learn something about our complex world."

BAM Juoni Hiltunen (Finland 2008)
Bilin My Love Shai Carmeli Pollak (Palestine/Israel 2006)
Blue End Kaspar Kasics ( 2000)

Checkpoint Yoav Shamir (Israel 2003)
Corridor #8 Boris Despodov (Bulgaria 2008)

Dolls Diana El Jeiroudi (Syrien/Denmark 2007)

Escape to Paradise Nino Jacusso (CH 2001)
Excellent Cadavers Marco Turco (I/F 2005)

Ghetto Thomas Imbach (CH 1997)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun Thomas Imbach (CH 2001)
Happy Too Thomas Imbach (CH 2002)
Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann Volker Koepp (CH 1999)

I Was a Swiss Banker Thomas Imbach (CH 2007)

Jerusalem Cuts Liran Atzmor (Israel/CH 2008)

Karl Lagerfeld is never happy anyway Gero von Boehm (D 2000)
Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez Heidi Specogna (CH 2006)

Leila Khaled, Hijacker Lina Makboul (Sweden 2005)
Lenz Thomas Imbach (CH 2006)

The Monastery - Mr. Vig & the Nun Pernille Rose Grønkjaer (DK 2006)

Norman Mailer - My Life Gero von Boehm (D 2003)

Que sera? Dieter Fahrer (CH 2004)

Slaves of the Sword - Ariel Sharon (Israel 2003)
Slaves of the Sword - Itzhak Rabin Paul Jenkins (Israel 2003)
Slaves of the Sword - Moshe Dayan Paul Jenkins (Israel 2003)
The Substitute Asa Blanck (Sweden 2006)
Summer of Dolphins Shahar Segal (Israel 2007)

Well Done Thomas Imbach (CH 1994)

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