Can we just call 2019 the year-that-took-Netflix-in-the-Middle-East-by-storm? It’s only April and the streaming giant has already announced not one, but two original Arabic shows to premiere later this year.
AlRawabi School for Girls will be set in an Amman girls’ school and will follow a student plotting revenge on the school bullies, only to discover that there is good and bad in everybody.
The series is directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali, who co-wrote the show with Shirin Kamal. Shomali, who has previously worked with Netflix for a Ramadan campaign in 2017, said of the new venture, "AlRawabi School for Girls is a very dear project to my heart. It depicts the stories and struggles of young Arab women in a light that we hadn't yet seen before in the region, particularly with this age group."
Kamal echoed her words, adding, "The Middle East has a multitude of stories and layers that other parts of the world may have not encountered, and I hope that AlRawabi School for Girls not only resonates with women in the Middle East, but women from all over the world."
The show will be created in partnership with Filmizion, a Jordanian production company founded by Shomali.
The Netflix original series hopes to engage an international audience by touching on universal themes and young adult experiences, whilst also giving a platform to Middle Eastern talent - AlRawabi School for Girls will be produced by an all-female Arab cast and crew. The show will bring to the international streaming site a refreshingly new narrative, told through new eyes, from a region thus far sparsely represented in Netflix’s library of original creations.
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