In 1999, Igal Hecht created Chutzpa Productions Inc. An award-winning video production company with a big focus on documentary film.
In its 20 years of history, Chutzpa Productions Inc has had numerous award-winning films which have been described as controversial and thought provoking. Films all helmed by Igal Hecht that have showcased various hard hitting topics such as human rights issues, politics, land disputes, conflict, satire and pop culture. Throughout Igal Hecht’s twenty-year career, he has been involved in the production of over fifty documentary films and over twenty television series, which have been screened nationally and internationally on Netflix, BBC, Documentary Channel, CBC, YES-TV (Canada), HBO Europe and many others.
gal’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 its inception in the fall of 2011. As a Producer, Igal has produced, edited and directed 104 episodes of the weekly half hour series. In 2014-2015 Igal released: “A Woman's Story”, shot in Canada, Poland, Bangladesh, and Rwanda, for which Igal is the producer, editor and director of photography. The film directed and produced by Azra Rashid, has aired on numerous channels and has received awards and critical acclaim around the world. In 2016, Daughters of Eve, a six part docs-series that Igal created and produced had its 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 its 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 on BBC Arabic.
Today, Igal continues to work on the production and direction of four new television series for a total of over 60 episodes. They include a 13-part documentary series about Christianity in Latin America called House of God. The show airs nationally in Canada on YES-TV. The follow up House of God Toronto was an 8-part series which now airs on BELL FIBE TV1. Hecht also produced and directed a 13-part series called Buskers, about street performers around the world which is set to air in Europe and Asia in 2017. He has also directed and edited a 6 part series called The Patirica J show, which airs nationally across Canada on the Bell Fibe network.
In 2018 Igal is set to release his new series Holy Art, which will air in Canada on YES-TV. He is also completing his new documentary film, Forgotten on Sinjar which explores the Yazidi Genocide which will air on the Documentary channel.
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Forgotten on Sinjar:
Forgotten on Sinjar will tell the story of the genocide committed against the Yazidi people as well as their survival and struggles as they search for a new home.
Holy Art, filmed in cinematic 4K, is a weekly half hour program that explores Israeli artists who infuse spirituality and faith into their art and create an unprecedented visual exploration of the Holy Land.