Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are set to produce a new TV drama based on the experience of female Kurdish fighters in Rojava (Northern Syria).
Based on Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice, the series revolves around the exploits of members of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in their defensive clash with Islamic State forces in Syria.
The Kurdish series is to be produced by HiddenLight, a production company founded by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
“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,” said Clinton.
Why some are upset
The YPJ is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Though originally founded to establish minority rights for the Kurdish people of Turkey, the PKK have carried out terror attacks on Turkish citizens in the past.
In 1997, during the presidency of Clinton’s husband Bill and at the behest of Turkey, the PKK was officially labeled a terrorist organization. Sympathizers of the PKK pointed to America’s ambivalence to NATO ally Turkey’s often violent and inhumane acts against the Kurdish minority as an example of Western hypocrisy.
While the PKK’s terrorist designation remains to this day, despite the group and its offshoots being the most effective ground-troop against ISIS in the region during the crisis, the YPG and YPJ are currently without such a cynical characterization.
While no politician since the War on Terror began is free of all foreign policy sin, Clinton’s desire to share this story with the greater public should be celebrated. The struggle over Kobani is a modern-day version of Stalingrad’s defense against the Nazis, a story of hope in the face of pure horror and horrid odds. We are all better to learn from the crisis, as to mitigate the chances of it occurring again.