Rights offering detail :
Shadows Over Shingal (Film/TV Rights)
June 4, 2018
Author:
Shaker Jeffrey and Katharine Holstein
Category:
Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
Description:
The first indication of just how bad this will be, comes when the Yazidi activist, Shaker Jeffrey, stops answering his phone in the days leading up to my visit. He has received so many death threats that we’ve been asked not to picture him – Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times, London

When Shaker Jeffrey woke to the thunder of trucks tearing across the dark plains of Shingal, he knew that his chances of surviving daybreak were dismal. For weeks, as ISIS unleashed a savage campaign of terror across Iraq, his army friends back in the USA had begged him to leave. But Shaker, a former American combat interpreter, was determined to forge a defense plan for his people. On August 3, 2014, time was up. Shaker was Yazidi—an ancient religion whose members were sentenced by ISIS to mass extermination and slavery. Meanwhile, Shaker’s old army buddies, including high-ranking Special Operations officers, converged on Washington DC to plead for help and to set up a secure communications team. By nightfall, the number of massacred and missing reached the hundreds of thousands, while black-clad soldiers seized over nine thousand women as sex slaves.

In the pandemonium, a quarter of a million Yazidis fled across the desert for their only refuge—Mt. Shingal.
Thousands were shot during the hard climb, others perished on the summit in the lethal 100-degree heat. As barefoot Shaker ran, his girlfriend,
Dil-Mir, called him on a cell phone grabbed at the last second—she’d been taken. Shaker’s world shifted on its axis. After the war in Iraq,
he thought the worst was over—he was wrong.

Back in 2003, 17-year-old Shaker had borrowed 50,000 Dinars from his brother and took a smuggler’s cab out of his poor farm boy
life—all the way to terrorist infested Mosul. He figured his English was just good enough to work for the US military—and he
was right. For 6 years, Shaker joined “extreme-risk” missions to dismantle terror cells and train Iraqi forces in the most volatile areas.
By the end of his death-defying career, he’d been shot, worked under the command of the iconic General Petraeus, and made lifelong
friends. Memories of that war haunted him—now the petrified voice of Dil-Mir would do the same.

Left to die with his people, Shaker had only one lifeline—his cell phone. Within hours, he was on a conference call with members
of the US House Intelligence Committee, and his signal was tethered directly to CENTCOM, only to have his pleas for water drops
and air strikes met with suspicion—many questioned if Shaker was a spy. Meanwhile, his people were dying at a rate of up to
one hundred per hour. Then desperation mutated into countless acts of selfless bravery. Night after night, Shaker sneaked
back down the mountain, through gunfire and enemy lines, relaying intelligence on ISIS positions and activities back to DC—all
while foraging for food and water, and desperately trying to rescue the missing and imprisoned. Journalists from around the world,
including CNN, the BBC, and the AP sought him out for reports. Finally, US airstrikes opened a critical evacuation route,
but not before ISIS would come to know Shaker’s identity.

Over the next three years, as the Islamic State terrorized the world, Shaker crisscrossed the borders of the Middle East and Europe,
documenting atrocities and mass graves with help of his American counterparts, while becoming the unwitting leader of a secret
underground network that saved thousands of slaves—work that landed him at the top of ISIS’s execution list.

Through it all the voice of his girlfriend called out—the relentless pursuit of her freedom kept him going. He infiltrated the
enemy ranks in the heart of their Caliphate to find her: forging ids, studying their religion, mimicking their lingo—but he would
only come within a few feet of saving her.

Shadows Over Shingal offers a gripping cinematic account of one man’s extraordinary journey, set in one of the most ruthless
regions of the world, during a global war of ideologies and the unbridled terror that has come to define our age. From a poor
farmer’s son, to an intrepid combat interpreter, he would transform into a person who many describe as a modern-day “Schindler.”
Repeated assassination attempts have forced him to stay on the move and galvanized his American brothers to find a way to save
him, by finally bringing him to the United States.
Rights available:
Film/Television
Rights sold:
World rights to DaCapo/Hachette
Contact:
SHARLENE MARTIN
Martin Literary & Media Management
Sharlene@MartinLit.com
Offering #:
13996
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