With a vast collection of regional films and series, Netflix has always done Arab representation justice. As it turns out, adding 34 Lebanese films and multiple Arabic original series to its catalogue was just the beginning.
The steaming giant just announced a partnership with Saudi media studio Telfaz11. Together, they’ll be releasing eight feature films developed and produced by Telfaz11, with the first project to be released in late 2021. The move comes after the two companies’ successful collaboration back in February with film series ‘Six Windows in the Desert’.
“Great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. We are expanding our library of Saudi content and showcasing the beauty of Saudi storytelling by joining forces with its creators to produce authentic and intriguing stories that will resonate with both Arab and global audiences,” stated Nuha El Tayeb, Netflix’s MENA director in a statement.
“We hope that Telfaz’s work will offer Netflix members around the world a chance to experience Saudi culture, humour and art.”
This partnership comes as Saudi’s creative industry continues to be pushed forward, particularly since the Kingdom lifted its ban on cinema. Telfaz11, one of the nation’s most lauded entertainment companies is celebrating its 9-year anniversary this year, and has been constantly aiming to meet Saudi Arabia’s and the wider region’s strong appetite for creative expression. Founded by Alaa Fadan, Ali Al Kalthami, and Ibrahim Al Khairallah, the studio has paved the way for younger Saudi creatives through their boundary-breaking videos and authentic voice.
“We are thrilled to partner with Netflix in an important validation of both our success at Telfaz11 and the region’s burgeoning production ecosystem. These eight films will showcase for global audiences the incredible culture, locations and talent that exists within both our region and the Telfaz11 filmmaker network,” said Alaa Fadan, Telfaz11’s CEO and co-founder.