Zurich/Berlin-based sales agent First Hand Films has picked up international rights for two documentaries which will be having their world premieres in the International Forum of this year's Berlinale.

Esther van Messel's company will be handling sales for Bulgarian filmmaker Boris Despodov's directorial debut Corridor #8 about the European Union-backed project to construct a highway between Sofia and the Albanian capital Tirana. Despodov was a participant in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004.

First Hand is also selling Natalie Assouline's Brides Of Allah (Shahuda - Brides Of Allah) which follows the Israeli director over two years as she chronicles the lives of Palestinian women serving time in the Sharon Prison in Tel Mond for involvement in terrorist attacks in Israel.