A six-part series about sexual violence is inspired by Odelia Carmon’s novel 'The Confidante'.
Israeli producer and distributor yes Studios has launched its latest drama inspired by real events, Unsilenced.
Unsilenced was created by Avraham Shalom Levi, Tamar Marom, Moish Goldberg and Einat Zilber Damari, with Odelia Carmon as co-creator.
The series stars Yaakov Zada Daniel, Avraham Shalom Levi, Nelly Mira Rubin, Dana Meinrath and Irit Nathan Benedek.
As a six-part series based on Odelia Carmon’s novel The Confidante, Unsilenced examines sexual violence, the lengths to which a powerful perpetrator, in this case the President, and his allies will go in order to silence victims and conceal their crimes, and how women with similar experiences can work together to seek justice.
Set in the early 2000s, before the #MeToo movement, the series is about a recently elected president who continually forces himself on a young, ambitious woman who is a new member of his team. Wanting to keep her job, she turns to the president’s chief of staff for help, but he displays complicity with his boss by first looking away at what is unfolding in front of him and then, as things escalate, concocting a campaign to discredit the young woman and keep her silent.
Each of the first five episodes is told from a different point of view: two from individual victims – the lead protagonist and another, who is her opposite in life – and then one each from the President’s chief of staff, the President’s wife, and the President himself. The final episode brings all their stories together in a potent resolution.
The series was written by Avraham Shalom Levi and Tamar Marom, directed by Moish Goldberg and produced by Great Productions and yes TV.
Speaking about the show, Sharon Levi, Managing Director of yes Studios, said: “Impactful stories like the one so skilfully captured in Unsilenced have driven female empowerment and encouraged women to use their voices against those who exploit positions of power. The lead character, operating in the pre-#metoo era, was a pioneer and while we also hear points of view from several finely drawn and complex characters in this series – including from the President himself – there is, in reality, only one truth. We are confident that Unsilenced will be in demand internationally, both as a completed series and a format, and that the main story arc and different perspectives in each episode will provoke discussion amongst audiences everywhere.”
Yes Studios handles worldwide distribution for the completed series and the scripted format.