Netflix Is Launching Another Middle Eastern Original

By GQ
16 July 2019
Dollar, Jinn, Netflix, Adel Karam, Samer Berkawi, Amal Bouchoucha, Netflix Original
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Fast-paced show, Dollar is hot on the heels of Jinn, and aiming for a modern portrayal of the region

It seems that when Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos promised more original programming for the Middle East last year, it was no idle boast, as hot on the heels of Jinn comes Dollar, a Netflix Original set in modern day Lebanon, staring Lebanese film veterans Adel Karam and Algerian/Lebanese Amal Bouchoucha, and boasting action, drama, romance and more.

But let’s get you up to speed. Advertising mastermind, Tarek (Adel Karam), is tasked with coming up with a million dollar idea for the launch of a new bank. He’s got it, but will only share his idea with the CEO. Problem is, something’s off, and the bank’s hard-hitting young CFO, Zeina (Amal Bouchoucha), can sense it. But can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before things get out of hand? 

The latest Middle Eastern drama to join Netflix’ diverse and growing slate of Arabic productions, Dollar has15 episodes that aims to capture the attention of a newer and younger generation of audiences in the Middle East. It also mark the return of the Oscar nominee Adel Karam to Netflix, as well as the brilliant and talented Amal Bouchoucha.

Directed by renowned Syrian director, Samer Berkawi, the mastermind behind several regional award-winning hit shows including Al Hayba and Half Day, and written by Hisham Hilal.

Talking about his second collaboration with Netflix, director Samer Berkawi said, “I’m truly excited to be working with Netflix on our new series Dollar, and am confident that the show will appeal to Netflix’s audiences worldwide. This project is an exciting one, bringing together themes of suspense and drama that showcase Amal Bouchoucha’s onscreen talents, as well as Adel Karam’s versatility beyond the comedy that he is known and loved for.”

Catch Dollar on Netflix from August 8