People of the Book

This exquisite epic journeys through centuries and across continents following a rare, illuminated Haggadah manuscript from the hands of the rabbi’s servant who first paints it to the modern-day conflict in Syria.

Based on the beloved bestseller, People of the Book is a captivating narrative about the enduring power of faith and the struggles that connect us all.


SCREENPLAY: Petter Skavlan
BUDGET: $13,000,000


Sarajevo is a city where for centuries people of all faiths and origins have lived harmoniously. But war challenges that peace and turns friends against each other.

In 1942, the Nazis sacked the city in search of antiquities of historic and monetary value, they were in search of the Sarajevo Haggadah. As significant a document as the dead sea scrolls, the Jewish and Muslim communities combine to work its safe passage out of the city.

Becoming a symbol of unity and peace, the story of how this ancient text bound together people fighting for their lives is inspiring, touching and resonant.

Recognized for her overseas coverage of the Gulf War, author Geraldine Brooks also won the Pulitzer Prize, the Indie Book Awards fiction prize, the Ainsfield-Wolf Book Awards, and many others.