Garvin to tell Allam's story


Producer-writer Bonnie Garvin has acquired the rights to the real-life story of journalist Hannah Allam's experience covering the Iraq War.

The story centers on Allam's quest to save the life of her interpreter, Ban Sarhan, and Sarhan's newborn son. Sarhan accompanied Allam while on assignment in the war-torn country in 2003. When Iraqi insurgents discovered that Sarhan was working for a U.S. media company, they murdered her husband, 4-year-old daughter and mother-in-law.

Allam, unable to get assistance from the U.S. government to protect Sarhan and her infant son, set out on her own to smuggle the two out of the country, an endeavor that proved successful.

Garvin, who learned of the story from an article in Glamour magazine, will produce.

"These young women went through one of the most horrific experiences anybody could go through, and yet out of that came this incredibly positive outcome," Garvin said.

Garvin's credits include "The Killing Yard." She also served as a writer on "The Ernie Goodman Story" distributed by Warner Bros.