Last week we finally got a glance at what Netflix’s first original Arabic-language series, Jinn, will look like. And the good news keeps rolling in as the streaming giant just announced its second original Arabic series. And it’ll feature an all-female cast.
Entitled AlRawabi School for Girls, the new show is a high school drama brimming with revenge and follows the story of a mistreated girl looking to get back at her bullies, “only to find out that no one is all bad, and no one is all good, including herself.”
The series, which is expected to debut later this year, will be directed by Jordanian filmmaker Tima Shomali and co-written by Shirin Kamal.
“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,” Shomali said in a statement.
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To make it all happen, Netflix partnered up with local Jordanian film and TV production company Filmizion Productions, which Shomali founded in 2012. This marks the second time the American company has partnered up with Shomali, who was featured in Netflix’s Ramadan campaign in 2017.
“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 share AlRawabi School for Girls with our global audiences in over 190 countries,” said Simran Sethi, Neetflix’s director of international originals in a statement.