"Girls" creator Lena Dunham will be writing a Syrian refugee story with Hollywood titans Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams as producers.
According to TheWrap, Dunham will be adapting Melissa Fleming's non-fiction novel, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival," which tells the story of 19-year-old Doaa Al Zamel as she struggles to protect her own life and her two little children while lost at sea after their Italy-bound vessel sinks. Here's the story:
Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight, just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around, nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls―barely toddlers―to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Italy and a new life. For days as Doaa drifts, she prays for rescue and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country's brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler's dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa's struggle for survival really begins.
This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triiumph of the human spirit.
The book's author, Melissa Fleming, learned of Doaa's story as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Exactly why Spielberg and Abrams selected Dunham to adapt such a heartbreaking story of survival remains a mystery at this point. People on Twitter seem equally confused.
"What makes her think she can speak accurately about the refugee experience? Please stop this while you’re ahead of a disaster," shouted one Twitter user.
"Not the person who needs to be this voice, yikes," said another.
Others noted the glaring tone-deafness of having a rich white girl from New York City adapt a harrowing story about a Syrian refugee. "Because clearly there’s no one who knows that demographic better than a spoiled, talentless, young, rich white girl," one person lamented.