About

Igal Hecht

In 1999, Igal Hecht created Chutzpa Productions Inc. His award winning films have been described as controversial and thought provoking. His films have dealt with human rights issues to pop culture. Throughout his twenty-year career, Igal Hecht has been involved in the production of over fifty documentary films and over twenty television series. Igals films and television series have been screened nationally and internationally on Netflix, BBC, Documentary Channel, CBC, YES-TV (Canada), HBO Europe and many others.

Igal’s work includes editing and producing "The Story of Furious Pete" which had its sold out world premiere at the 2010 Hot Docs Film Festival. He produced and directed "The Hilltops" which premiered at the 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival. In 2013 he directed and edited the award-winning documentary "A Universal Language," a film that pushed the limits by bringing comedy to the Middle East. Igal’s film ‘The Sheik,’ premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs. Igal has also served as a director of photography for numerous award-winning films.

In 2014 Igal wrapped up the eighth and final season of the show “Muzika”, which has aired weekly in Canada and the US since the fall of 2011. Igal produced, edited and directed 104 episodes for the series.

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In 2014-2015 Igal co-produced “A Woman's Story”, shot in Canada, Poland, Bangladesh, and Rwanda, The film directed and produced by Azra Rashid, has aired on numerous channels and has received awards and critical acclaim around the world. He also edited the acclaimed film “The Pass System,” by Alex Williams.

In 2016, Daughters of Eve, a six part docs-series that Igal created and produced had it's world premiere on YES-TV in Canada and has showcased internationally and on the streaming service pure Flix. Also in 2016, Igal released the award winning film My Home, which won him best director award at the Global Cinema Film Festival and best film at the Mosiac and Cinview international film festivals. The film had it's world broadcast premiere on the Documentary Channel in Canada and on Israel’s premiere documentary show on Channel 1. The film has also been broadcasted across the Middle East BBC Arabic.

In 2017 Igal produced and directed four television series for a total of over 60 episodes. They include a part 13 part documentary series about Christianity in Latin America called House of God. The show airs nationally in Canada on YES-TV. Hecht also produced and directed a 13 part series called Buskers, about street performers around the world. In 2018 Hecht came out with his new series Holy Art, which has been renewed for two additional seasons and airs nationally on YES-TV. In 2019, Hecht will be completing his film Forgotten on Sinjar, which deals with the Yazidi Genocide. The film will be released in 2020. As well, In 2020, Hecht will be coming out with his film My Election and a new 10 part docu-drama series called “The Wildernes.”

 
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