Netflix reveals plan for second original Middle East series

Titled Al Rawabi School for Girls, the show is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali
Netflix reveals plan for second original Middle East series
Titled Al Rawabi School for Girls, the show is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali.
By Sam Bridge
Mon 15 Apr 2019 02:04 PM

Netflix has announced plans for a second original Middle East series - a high school drama produced with a full female Arab cast and crew.

Titled Al Rawabi School for Girls, the show is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali in collaboration with writer Shirin Kamal.

Al Rawabi School for Girls is 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.

Al Rawabi School for Girls, which will be produced in collaboration with Filmizion, is the second Middle Eastern original from Netflix after Jinn, which features a cast of up and coming talent from Jordan.

Launching in 2019, the show reflects Netflix’s interest in continuing to invest in Arabic content from the Middle East.

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 share Al Rawabi School for Girls with our global audiences in over 190 countries.”

Shomali added: “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 was also part of Netflix’s Ramadan She Rules campaign in 2017, with 30 other female content creators and social media influencers, which aimed to celebrate strong female leads, both on and off the screen.

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