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Netflix announces second original Arabic-language drama series

From left: Shirin Kamal and Tima Shomali

Netflix has announced a new locally produced, Arabic-language original drama series, AlRawabi School for Girls, which will launch later this year.

The show, which will be produced in collaboration with Jordanian media company Filmizion, tells the story of a girl who gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all that bad in the first place.

It’s been written and directed by Jordanian director, writer and actress Tima Shomali, who previously took part in Netflix’s 2017 Ramadan “She Rules” campaign, along with 30 other female content creators and social media influencers, as it celebrated strong female leads, both on and off screen.

Commenting on the new series, Simran Sethi, Director of International Originals at Netflix, said: “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.”

The second Middle Eastern original is reflective of Netflix’s commitment to investing in the Middle East and exploring more great stories and talent, according to a statement released by the company.

Commenting on the production of the series, Tima Shomali said: “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. It’s a show that stems from the eyes of women about women and I am really pleased to collaborate with Netflix and have the opportunity to tell the stories of young women in our region on such a global platform.”

Build on this sentiment, Shirin Kamal, who will co-write the series, said: “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.”