3:49pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Yemenite Children Affair TV Series in the Works (Exclusive)
The Yemenite Children Affair is going to be turned into a scripted TV series.
Global content creation and distribution company ADD Content and Los Angeles-based talent and artist management company MGMT Entertainment are teaming with actress Moon Shavit (Don't Forget Me) to tell the harrowing story in which thousands of babies and toddlers disappeared.
ADD Content has acquired a series of articles from the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper to use as research background for the project, which is currently in development and will be shopped to cable and streaming outlets.
The Yemenite Children Affair details the disappearance of as many as 5,000 babies and toddlers from predominantly Jewish families immigrating to the newly founded state of Israel from 1948 to 1954. Their deaths were allegedly falsified to parents while they were taken to either be adopted by European Jewish families who lost their own children in the Holocaust or, in some of the more harrowing cases, were used in involuntary medical experiments.
"The mass disappearance of Yemenite children is a tragedy which has far-reaching consequences that are still being unraveled," ADD Content founder Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein said Wednesday in a statement. "We feel that the best way to honor survivors is to harness the medium of scripted drama to tell their stories, to acknowledge their suffering and highlight the questions which still hang over the affair. We are proud to be partnering with MGMT Entertainment and Moon to shine a light on this dark part of our past — a story which is harrowing but shot through with humanity and emotion."