07
Aug
07

Hollywood wants story of HIV medics

From timesonline.co.uk | The eight-year ordeal of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of deliberately injecting 460 Libyan children with HIV may be the subject of a Hollywood film. Sixth Sense Productions, which helped to raise funding for Hotel Rwanda, the Oscar-nominated genocide drama, said that the medical workers had signed over their life rights for the film project The Benghazi Six. The medics, who were sentenced to death, were freed on July 24 after the European Union brokered a cooperation deal with Libya after years of complex legal and political battles. The six said that they were tortured into confessing to starting an epidemic while working in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, in which hundreds of children were infected with HIV in 1998. More than 50 of the children have died.

Sixth Sense is in talks with Ann Peacock, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of the children’s fantasy blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia, to write the script. The company is also interviewing directors. (Reuters)

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