From Prisoners of War to Homeland: The Art of Adaptation

Are you addicted to Homeland and craving the next season? The popular TV series on Showtime starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, has won six Primetime Emmys, including the 2012 Outstanding Drama Series, and four Golden Globes, including the 2013 Best Television Drama Series. What many people may not realize is that it is based on the critically acclaimed Israeli series Prisoners of War (Hatufim), Israel’s highest-rated drama series. The story of this twice-over hit is emblematic of a trend: the trafficking of content from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. In this anchor program of the Television Spotlight, the Festival will show the pilot of Prisoners of War, followed by an onstage discussion with Gideon Raff, the creator of Prisoners of War and executive producer of Homeland. Raff will show selected scenes from both series and discuss the creative process behind these award-winning dramas. From concept to screen, he will talk about how these compelling shows have become international hits. We will hear about the process of adapting the Israeli show, a character-driven story about the traumas Israeli POWs face once they return home, into the American version, a Manchurian Candidate–like thriller about a bipolar CIA agent pursuing a terrorist mole.
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