Sinjar by B. Jack Azadi | Script Revolution




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A kidnapped foreign-aid doctor jeopardizes her own rescue by forcing a Special-Ops team to free her fellow captives and attempt a 300-mile escape through the Islamic State.

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This script is a nonstop, action-driven thriller that can rival any other shoot-em-up war movie, but what makes it special is the depth of the story that it reveals beyond the set pieces. More than your average action flick, this script digs offers themes and commentary that dig at the heart of the conflict in the Middle East: the history, socioeconomic challenges, and cultural divides that have created that quagmire. It asks poignant questions about the consequences of military conflict and follows those questions up with real answers from a real, specific point of view. The characters are exceptionally well developed, each one a multi-dimensional, fully fleshed-out role, with strengths and flaws that drive their decisions, and thus the story. Doctor Gray is a pretty brilliant protagonist – sympathetic and heroic, but still conflicted and with room to learn, grow, and arc throughout the story. The ending is really satisfying, a bittersweet resolution that reminds the audience of the horrors of war and doesn't pull punches in doing so. With great characters, strong dialogue, and a tense, dramatic story, this is a really solid script and a satisfying read.

The feature market always finds room for war stories, and they usually fall into two categories: big-budget glorification of combat, and docudrama depictions of the realities of war. This project certainly falls into the latter category, and its execution is exceptional. There's a huge demand right now for female-driven stories like this which should certainly help the script get noticed as well. It does feel a little derivative of other war movies before it, like "Black Hawk Down" or "Kingdom," but it does seem like there's probably enough here to differentiate it. It wouldn't be a surprise to see it generate some heat, but at the least, it will serve as a great sample showcasing the writer's talent and voice.

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Finalist CWA
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Submitted: July 26, 2020
Last Updated: October 11, 2020

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The Writer: B. Jack Azadi

Veteran. Writer. Security Consultant. Currently outlining a neo-western in the vein of Hell or High Water. Why did I become a writer? I was a security consultant for an international news team in 2014 when ISIS tore through Iraq and Syria. I'd previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army, led media teams through the Libyan uprising, its aftermath, and thought I had seen the worst of conflicts. But everything changed for me in Kurdistan, Iraq, when I encountered the refugees and displaced persons fleeing Daesh. In a squalid, dust-bowl of a camp, I met the Yazidi for the first time and learned of the ISIS invasion into their ancestral homelands, their near-genocide, and subsequent... Go to bio

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