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Meet Martin Himel

Martin Himel is a Television director, producer and senior correspondent. Through his two production companies, Vigilance Productions Inc. and Elsash Productions Ltd., he has produced major television series, ground-breaking documentaries and news coverage for major American, Canadian and European broadcasters…

Documentaries

Gaza/Israel Lifesavers Paramedics

Broadcast on PBS/ARTE/ZDF 2024, this hard-hitting action documentary profiles a Gaza paramedic and an Israeli First Responder medic as they battle to save lives during the Hamas-Israel war.

We are proud of this award! The ARREST documentary premiered on TVO Canada. The documentary focuses on the tens of thousands of unjustified arrests that ruin lives even though the charges are ultimately dropped. 

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…

For the first time, a film crew goes undercover and infiltrates ISIS. In this World Exclusive by filmmaker Martin Himel, two undercover investigators lure ISIS into revealing the recruiting secrets.
 

We show what no one has shown before – real time recruitment of Western men and women to ISIS. We also profile and interview an ISIS recruiter. Like the finest spy story, Himel ’s film begins with the training of two brave young…

IN PRODUCTION

Concealing the Predators -
The Cover Up

We expose the living predators who sexually and physically assaulted Indigenous Children at notorious Canadian Residential Schools. We ask” Why are they not arrested and charged”?  The documentary will premiere  on  Canadian TVO , APTN, Knowledge, Hollywood Suites networks and streamers in 2024.

News & Current Affairs

PBS Newshour

First broadcast on 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.

How Palestinian and Israeli Paramedics Save Lives in War

PBS Newshour

We profile Palestinian medic Fadi Afana saving lives in Gaza and Israeli medic Moishe Paskesz saving the wounded in Southern Israel. They are on opposite sides of the Hamas-Israel war but much bonds them together.

NBC News

First broadcast on NBC. Although fearful of change, North Korea is resigned to the fact that without adapting, change will ultimately invade and possibly defeat the regime.  Himel takes an unprecedented tour of hospitals and schools that lack the fundamental basics to provide health care and education and meets a man who escaped from the Gulag to South Korea.