Led by an all female cast and crew
Last summer. streaming service giant Netflix announced the production of Jinn, their first original Middle Eastern series. Now, a year later, they announced their second Arabic show, AlRawabi School for Girls.
With Jinn expected to premiere sometime in the next few months, we are glad to see that Netflix is investing more in telling stories from the region. This new project is a youthful high school drama, which will be produced with an all female Arab cast and crew. The series is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali alongside writer Shirin Kamal. It will address an important issue that the youth faces today.
According to the statement released by Netflix: “AlRawabi School for Girls tells the story of how a bullied girl gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all bad, and no one is all good, including herself.” The series will be produced in collaboration with Filmizion Productions, a Jordanian Film and TV Production company which was founded in 2012 by Tima.
Simran Sethi, Director of International Originals at Netflix commented on the new series, saying: “We are extremely proud to partner with Tima again to produce what is essentially the first Middle Eastern young adult series that celebrates the role of women, not only on screen, but behind the scenes as well. The story brings a fresh perspective to Middle Eastern content, and we are absolutely excited to shareAl Rawabi School for Girls with our global audiences in over 190 countries.”
Tima took to Instagram yesterday to share the exciting news with a video of her and Shirin. She captioned the post: “IT’S OFFICIAL! I am so excited to announce our new show “ALRAWABI School for girls” A NETFLIX Original! @netflixmena #AlRawabiSFG A young Adult drama suspense. A story that is so close to my heart, told through the eyes of women about young women.. Created by: Tima Shomali & Shirin Kamal. Stay tuned #AlRawabiSFG #Netflix@netflixmena.”
The cast for the show and the release date have not been announced yet, but we will keep you updated!
Media: Netflix, Instagram