Martin Himel Award-Winning Investigative Documentary Filmmaker
Martin Himel's Bio:
World Premiere: The Arrest
Vigilance Productions Inc is pleased to announce the World Premiere of Martin Himel’s film “THE ARREST”.
The Arrest premieres Tuesday May 26th 2020 at 9pm on TVO and tvo.org.
Andres, a 68 year old Canadian law-abiding grandfather was beaten and arrested by a police officer while his neighbour’s house was on fire. His crime? He refused to go back into his Toronto house because the gas main could blow up.
We profile lawyer Davin Charney fighting for Andres and his other clients trying to get the charges dropped, then suing the Police, fighting for compensation.
44 percent of all those arrested and charged in Ontario ultimately have the charges dismissed by prosecutors. That's 44 out of every 100 Canadians who are arrested, jailed, charged, bailed out, obliged to live with restrictions, considered “guilty until proven innocent”. They are often fired from their jobs, traumatized for months if not years, only to have the charges dropped before a trial ever happens. This is not just a Canadian problem; it's endemic in all Western countries.
Following Broadcasts on TVO:
Tues May 26 at 9pm (repeats at midnight)
Thurs May 28 at 9pm (repeats at midnight)
Sun May 31 at 10pm (repeats at 3am)
FOLLOW THE MONEY 1x60 minute documentary, premiered Vision TV October 2018. Investigates the alliance between radical Islamic terror militias & organized crime. Elad is a professional cyber hacker who spies on terrorists. He goes undercover online to infiltrate Dark Web chat rooms and "stores" where heroin and opiates are sold. Women are traded in sex slavery. Weapons are purchased. The buyers and sellers are criminals and terrorists militias. Elad finds a Dark Net Syrian market where suicide bomber vests are on sale for $200 each. A Tow Missile capable of levelling a small building goes for $5000. Tank shells sell for $300.
FOLLOW THE MONEY features interviews with cyber crime and counter terrorism experts who expose how terror militias throughout the Mid-East North Africa, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have forged alliances with criminal networks worldwide to sell drugs, weapons, and stolen art to fund Al Qaeda extremists, Jihadi idealogues, and other terrorist organizations around the world.
Unit 8200 1 x 60 min documentary for Vision TV, Canada. Premiered May 2017. Three years ago, Ron Reiter shared a bachelor pad with two of his friends. All three were trying to reach their dream of creating successful start-ups. 3 years on, Reiter sold his company for $50 million to Oracle. One friend sold his start-up for $320 million to Microsoft. The other sold his for "just" $150 million to another multi-national. They are not Ivy league graduates, but veterans of Israel's 8200 unit in military intelligence. Cyber security has become a top priority internationally. A unique behind-the-scenes look into this top secret unit, responsible for some of the most famous hacking missions.
Undercover in ISIS - 1 x 60 min documentary for CBC Doc Channel Premieres Sept 25th 2016. Investigative documentary - two undercover agents infiltrate the murky online world of ISIS terrorists. Includes a cyberdate and marriage proposal from a known jihadi operating in Sweden. Extraordinary undercover footage never seen before. See trailer here
Secrets of Survival 1 x 90 min feature documentary, called "One of the must-see documentaries of 2017". Broadcast on CBC Doc Channel. Canadian Malka Rosenbaum discovers she has a sister born in the Holocaust Where is she? German Juergen Ulloth finds out he has a different Father, an American WW2 soldier. Who is he? We follow their common search, as they discover the Secrets hidden from them about their past.
PBS Newshour Behind the frontlines in Iraq with the all-female unit within the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The women are on the front lines of a fierce battle against the Islamic State. Some of them are widows; their husbands were killed in operations against the Turkish military. Should America decide to back the PKK, it would mean upsetting the USA's longtime ally, Turkey.
PBS Newshour How a US Soldier joined the Kurdish Militia. Nearly nine years after Brett, a US army veteran, served his last mission in Iraq, he came back. This time he was not fighting for the US army, but as a volunteer for Kurdish Peshmerga forces. For Brett, it was an ideological decision. "Most people don't understand what persecution is," says Brett. He is a devout Christian, and felt compelled to help the Kurds achieve freedom from the tyranny of Islamic State.
Keys to Paradise: 1x60 min How much do we REALLY know about Hamas, Islamic State, Islamic Jihad and al Nusra? World Premiere Vision TV Canada October 2015
Pensioner Power: 1x60 min Groundbreaking documentary explores senior political clout around the world - including Israel, Slovenia, Croatia and Canada. Premiere August 2015 Vision TV Canada
Global Antisemitsm 4x60 min Exposes on camera new anti-Semitism in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Canada. Broadcast on Vision TV, Canada, Channel 2, Israel. Soon to broadcast in USA on PBS
Infidelity 4 x 30 min series broadcasting on Vision Television Network. CBC Doc Channel and CTS Canada. (2011/12)
North Korea Desperate or Deceptive: Himel succeeded in exposing life within this closed Communist Country as rarely seen before. The program broadcast in larger and smaller versions on Global TV Canada, NBC, PBS News hour, CNN International , SKY Television, Swedish, Dutch, Austrian, Korean, Chinese, and other networks. (2008)
Archaeology Minefields 1 x 60 min’ Investigative Profile of Antiquities Discovery’ Vision Television Canada and Dan Rather Report USA. ( Elsash Productions)
In Search Of 13 x 30min episodes International Current Affairs Series ( Elsash Productions)
Foreign Correspondent International Current Affairs Series
[30mins x 8 episodes] Global Television Network
( Elsash Productions)
Jenin – Massacring Truth (1 x 60 min) investigates Palestinian west bank warfare and Anti Israel Campus Movements Global Television Network Canada. SBS Australia, IBA Israel. ( Elsash Productions)
Confrontation at Concordia (1 x 60 min) Profile on Anti-American and Anti Israel Campus Movements’ Global Television Network Canada, IBA Israel. ( Elsash Productions)
360 Degrees Current Affairs Series (30min x39 Episodes)
National Geographic, I Channel Canada, Sweden TV, Dutch TV, Poland TV, First Asia News Channel, SABC, and many more.
( Elsash Productions)
Dangerous Legacy – (60 min and 15 min versions) ‘Profiles the Legacy of Balkan Wars’ News Hours PBS, CNN International, SVT Sweden, Austrian TV, Dutch TV, Irish TV. ( Elsash Productions)
Angels with Broken Wings (1 x 60 min ) Investigation into the horrific conditions of Children kept in closed Psycho- Neurological wards in Russia. ( Elsash Productions) Broadcast WTV Canada, SVT Sweden, Dutch TV , Danish TV, TVE Spain, ORS Austria, Israel TV, and others.
Roving Report international magazine program ,Associated Press Television International Current Affairs Series(1995 – 2003)
GRAND JURY SPECIAL AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY EXCELLENCE – JENIN MASSACRING TRUTH. HOUSTON WORLDFEST FESTIVAL.
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2003 (CONFRONTATION AT CONCORDIA)
CO-WINNER BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS MAGAZINE SHOW- NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL 1995 (Granted to specific Roving Report Program. )
NEWS COVERAGE : Correspondent
1995- 2007 Global TV Correspondent, On air coverage, reporting, live broadcasts, Q & A throughout the Middle east, Europe and Asia.
Major Stories Covered: Lebanon Israel War.
Gulf Wars 1 &2. Palestinian Uprising. North Korea Coverage.
Mid East Peace Process. Ukrainian Uprising . Serbia NATO war.
1996-98 Fox News USA, Middle East correspondent, On air coverage, reporting, direct editing, live broadcasts, throughout the Middle East. Gulf Crisis. Palestinian Uprising. Mid East Peace Process.
1993-95 Baton Broadcasting Canada , Bureau chief / News Correspondent. Mid east, Asian, European and African coverage .
1983-93 CTV Television, Network Canada Bureau chief News correspondent– Middle east bureau. Middle East and European coverage, including the Gulf War, Palestinian Uprising, and East-European revolutions.
1980-83 ABC NEWS, Field Producer and Radio Reporter.
1978-80 CTV Television, Segment Producer, Story Editor Canada AM
Martin Himel's Experience:
Host, Director and Writer at Elsash TVJuly 2008 - Present | WorldWide
Documentary film making on topics such as anti-Semitism, Infidelity, North Korea and Many more
News Coverage Correspondent at Global TVJuly 1995 - June 2007 | Middle East, North Korea, Serbia
On air coverage, reporting, live broadcasts, Q & A throughout the Middle east, Europe and Asia. Major Stories Covered: Lebanon Israel War
Bureau Chief/ News Correspondent at Fox NewsFebruary 1996 - May 1998 | USA, Middle East
On air coverage, reporting, direct editing, live broadcasts
Middle East Bureau Chief at CTVJune 1983 - April 1994 | Jerusalem
News Field Producer at ABCJuly 1979 - August 1983 | Jerusalem
Martin Himel's Education:
University1975 – 1978Bachelors of Arts in Economics & International RelationsConcentration: Economics
Martin Himel's Interests & Activities:
Host, Correspondent, Directing, Producing, Filming Paramedic with expertise in Emergency Medicine and Mass Disasters