Viaplay has announced Fadime, a six-part drama that tells the tragic story of Fadime Sahindal who was shot dead in 2002 by her father in a highly publicised “honour killing” that shocked Sweden. The series is based on the book Du ska dö (You Will Die) by Ulf Broberg and prosecuting lawyer Leif Ericksson and will depict the final five years of Fadime’s life
Fadime Sahindal was 26 years old when she was killed in Uppsala, Sweden, for allegedly breaking her family’s code of honour by having a boyfriend and speaking publicly on women’s rights. Fadime’s mother and sister both testified against her father in court, who was found guilty of murder.
Fadime Sahindal’s lawyer, Leif Ericksson, said: “My work as a lawyer means that I encounter many tragedies. Fadime’s case is the one that has touched me the deepest. I often think about Fadime and I still visit her grave regularly. She has something vital to teach us, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this important project.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, added: “Telling Fadime Sahindal’s heartbreaking story is one of our most sensitive projects so far. Twenty years on, this courageous young woman stands as a role model for many. We will have expert guidance at every stage of production as we bring an emotional, complex and very relevant series to a new generation of viewers.”
Fadime begins production this summer in consultation with a panel of experts on honour related issues and will premiere exclusively on Viaplay across the Nordic region in 2022.