‘Girls’ creator Lena Dun­ham to script drama on the ex­pe­ri­ences of a Syr­ian refugee

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Girls creator Lena Dun­ham (pic­tured be­low) is to adapt the true story of a Syr­ian refugee who sur­vived for two days in the Mediter­ranean with her chil­dren with only an in­flat­able ring for sup­port af­ter the ship she was trav­el­ling on cap­sized. Steven Spiel­berg and co-pro­ducer J J Abrams hired the writer and ac­tress to adapt

Melissa Flem­ing’s novel A Hope More Pow­er­ful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s In­cred­i­ble Story

of Love, Loss, and Sur­vival for the movie, which will be co-pro­duced by Spiel­berg’s Am­blin En­ter­tain­ment and Abrams’s Bad Ro­bot. The film is ex­pected to be co-dis­trib­uted by Am­blin and Para­mount Pic­tures. Flem­ing’s novel tells the true story of Doaa Al Za­mel, a mother of two who fled the war in Syria for Swe­den, only to find the boat car­ry­ing her rammed by a hos­tile Egyp­tian fish­ing ves­sel. Za­mel’s hus­band, who had fled Syria along­side his fam­ily, died dur­ing the or­deal.

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