First it was Lebanon, now Netflix has just revealed that a new collection of 32 Palestinian movies and documentaries will be added onto the platform’s international catalogue; and they’ll be ready to watch from as soon as this October 14.
Made in Palestine or by a Palestinian director, the fine selection of movies will include many industry-acclaimed features such as Annemarie Jacir’s Salt of this Sea (2008), Elia Souleiman’s Divine Intervention (2002) or also Mahdi Fleife’s 3 Logical Exits (2020) to name just them.
“The diversification of our content sits close to my heart as Netflix works to become the home of Arabic Cinema, a place where anyone in the world can access great Arab stories,” said Nuha El Tayeb, Director of Netflix MENA’s Content Acquisitions in a statement.
“While these stories are distinctly and authentically Arab, the themes are quintessentially human, and will resonate with audiences across the world. That is the true beauty of storytelling” she also added.
Ranging from drama and comedy to romance and satire, the soon-to-be-added content will shed light onto the lives of many to a new global audience—a conscious tribute that we can only salute given the circumstances of the past few months in the area.
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The Arab silver-screen industry has undeniably been on a meteoric rise in the past several years, and these new additions are not denying us from the pleasure of diving deeper into the region’s rich culture. Finally placing the onus on the people of Palestine who, let’s face it, have too often been at the receiving end of all types of erasure, it feels very refreshing to see them put forward/
Enough to binge your way through the winter season that’s ahead, make sure to log on this Thursday to discover the full list of what the new catalogue has to offer, but until then here are the ones we know are worth the watch.
Salt Of This Sea
3 Logical Exits