We receive a ton of tips every day from independent creators, unaffiliated with any major motion picture studios, television networks, new media studios, or other well-funded online video entities. The Indie Spotlight is where we’ll write about and shout out to a select few of them and bring you up to speed on the great (and sometimes not-so-great) attention-grabbing series you probably haven’t heard about until now. Read previous installments here.


We rarely feature documentaries in this space, but there’s a lot of investigative work posted to YouTube, and the best of it deserves our attention. This week, we’re looking at Operation Amram, a series that looks at the political, cultural, and societal impact of Israel’s Yemenite Children Affair.

During the Yemenite Children Affair, which occurred in Israel’s early days, Jewish babies and toddlers (many of whom were of Yemeni descent, hence the name) disappeared. Some parents of captured children believe the youngsters were sold to other families. Operation Amram explores this complicated and difficult chapter of Israeli history from multiple angles in order to come closer to the truth about what went on and how the affair should be treated in the current day.

Even for people like me who have no prior knowledge of the Yemeni Children Affair, Operation Amram makes for enlightening viewing. All of its episodes are available on the Neviim Docu-Shorts YouTube channel.

OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT

  • City of War. The aesthetic of this show (which is based off a book) is inspired by Grand Theft Auto.
  • The Emma AgendaAnother web series adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma has hit YouTube.
  • PWIMinority undergrads at UCLA are preparing to release this series about their experience.

Got a series you’d like to see featured in the Indie Spotlight? Be sure to contact us here. For best coverage, please include a full episode in your e-mail.

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