So what’s the true story behind “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”, a new Lifetime movie? Tiffany Rubin’s tale will definitely make for some compelling entertainment, but there’s another true story of child abduction that Lifetime would also probably absolutely love to do a movie about.
The Lifetime Movie “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” stars Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin, an American mother desperately trying to rescue her son Kobe after his biological father abducts him and takes him to South Korea.
The true story behind Tiffany Rubin’s daring rescue is definitely TV-worthy. It’s hard to imagine what the Queens resident felt like when her son Kobe and his biological father disappeared after Kobe visited his dad in Brooklyn in 2007. Tiffany Rubin was still in the midst of a tough custody battle with Kobe’s biological father, a native of South Korea named Jeffrey Sako. The two had been fighting over custody of Kobe for about two years when Jeffrey Sako whisked Kobe away to South Korea, leaving Tiffany Rubin desperate and having no idea what she could do to get her son back; after all, she didn’t even know where in South Korea the 7-year-old was at.
She couldn’t afford a private investigator, and authorities could do very little to help her save filing a warrant. Luckily, her sister-in-law found out about an organization called the American Association for Lost Children, a nonprofit organization that helps parents find missing children. Tiffany Rubin contacted the group, and it wasn’t long before they found Kobe in a town near Seoul.
Tiffany Rubin then accompanied an investigator to South Korea, where the two did some surveillance before taking action. Then one morning Tiffany Rubin and the investigator waltzed into the school and told a teacher that she wanted to talk to her son. After Kobe recognized her, the teacher let him go outside the classroom with her. In the hallway, Kobe was given a wig, and they walked out of the school with no problems. They then stayed at the U.S. Embassy until they could fly back to America, where Kobe was reunited with the rest of his family. He spent his first day back in the U.S. eating green eggs and ham at IHOP and playing video games. Kobe hadn’t even known he’d been abducted; he thought his mother had allowed him to go with his dad. Kobe said that he had begged his dad to take him back home, and, now that he’s back, he’s glad he doesn’t have to eat Korean food anymore. If his father returns to the U.S., he faces criminal charges.
But while this true story will make for an amazing Lifetime movie, there’s one story of child abduction that Lifetime likely can’t wait to get the rights to.
David Goldman is releasing a memoir this summer, and it’s likely to become a best-seller. His story of trying to get his son back captivated America for years, and, like Tiffany Rubin, his efforts were rewarded with a happy ending.
Tiffany Rubin went through about a year of anguish in trying to get her son back, while David Goldman has gone through about five. In 2004, his wife told him she was taking their son Sean on a vacation with her to Brazil, but the two never returned. While there, she told David that she was divorcing him and later remarried. David Goldman began his efforts to get his son back, but was thwarted time and time again.
After his wife died during childbirth, it seemed obvious that Sean should be returned to David, but Sean’s Brazilian relatives wanted to keep the boy with them. This resulted in an international legal battle that made headlines in Brazil and the U.S. In the end, David Goldman’s persistence finally paid off. On Christmas Eve 2009, David Goldman finally brought his 9-year-old son home.
The release of David Goldman’s memoir this year could mean that he’s one step closer to bringing his story to the small screen. However, Lifetime might miss out on this one, as it’s easy to imagine that plenty of production companies will be willing to pay for the rights to bring it to the silver screen.
Whatever happens with David’s tale, it is nice to see Lifetime bringing attention to the issue of this kind of child abduction with Tiffany Rubin’s true story. According to MSNBC, there are about 2,800 cases similar to these worldwide involving American children, and it’s hard to imagine the heartbreak and difficult battles that parents involved are faced with.
So be sure to check out one such tale when “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”, a movie that will surely make you appreciate being able to see your kids every day, airs on Lifetime on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 9 PM ET,