Over the past three years, Netflix’s Arab content has been steadily increasing with the acquisition of regional films and shows such as Saudi-made short film series Six Windows in the Desert and the Emirati legal drama Justice. Netflix MENA has also produced two original series’ including Jordanian drama, Jinn, which premiered on the platform last year, and Al Rawabi School For Girls which is currently queued for release. While the streaming giant is currently limited to two original regional productions, Netflix MENA is set to produce another original with Tunisian actress Hend Sabry as the leading lady.
The 40-year-old actress, whose career spans two decades, has made history in 2019 as the first Arab woman to join the Venice Film Festival jury. This year, she’s not only starring in the upcoming Arabic drama-comedy but is operating as the executive producer under her company Salam Productions.
The actress announced the collaboration on Instagram yesterday, saying.
“I am excited to work on a female-focused show with Netflix,” she said. “I am also thrilled about my first experience as an executive producer, and how with Netflix, we can create content that features stories from the Arab world to be seen by the world.”
Sabry, a UN goodwill ambassador, has previously collaborated with Netflix and UN Women on the campaign Because She Watched; a curation of inspirational films and shows in celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day.
“We are excited to work with Hend Sabry, one of the Arab world’s most iconic actresses, who won the hearts of Arab audiences throughout her career. Hend’s new show is a female-focused story that we are sure fans will connect with,” stated Said Ahmed Sharkawi, the series’s director at Netflix.
The yet-to-be-titled Arab original series is slated for production this fall in Egypt and is set to premiere on Netflix in 2021.