EXCLUSIVE: HiddenLight Productions, the new production company founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sam Branson and Chelsea Clinton, has acquired the series adaptation rights to best-selling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice.
Given Lemmon's track record going with best-selling books being adapted into feature films, the bidding war was quite competitive with several bidders before HiddenLight emerged the victor. For the Clintons, the property feels like the perfect IP to help launch their banner given the subject matter and strong women that helped Lemmon write it.
"The Daughters of Kobani is an extraordinary account of brave, defiant women fighting for justice and equality," Rodham Clinton said. "We created HiddenLight to celebrate heroes — sung and unsung alike — whose courage is too often overlooked, and we could not be more thrilled to bring this inspiring story to viewers around the world."
Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews and on-the-ground reporting, The Daughters of Kobani is the unforgettable story an all-women Kurdish militia who took on ISIS in Northern Syria – and won. From that unlikely showdown emerged a fighting force intent not only on defeating ISIS on the battlefield, but on spreading their own political vision and establishing gender equality in their corner of the Middle East and beyond. In the process, they earned the respect—and significant military support—of U.S. Special Operations Forces. The book will be published by Penguin Press on February 16th.
"No one has fought harder than Sec. Clinton to lift the voices of women around the world and to shine light on the lives of women fighting each day for their futures," Lemmon said. She is a true trailblazer, and there is no better partner to bring The Daughters of Kobani and this story of the women who broke ISIS to the screen than HiddenLight."