Netflix to produce new Arabic series ‘Al Rawabi School for Girls’

Netflix’s latest original Arabic series, is a high school drama produced with a full female Arab cast and crew. Al Rawabi School for Girls is written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali in partnership with writer Shirin Kamal.

Al Rawabi School for Girls is the story of how a tormented girl gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all bad, and no one is all good, including herself.

The Director of International Originals at Netflix, Simran Sethi, expressed, “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.” 

The second MENA original is seen as Netflix’s pledge to invest in the Middle East and explore more great stories and talent. Along with offering Middle Eastern filmmakers and audiences a global platform to share and hear different stories outside the mainstream.

Also commenting on the production of the series, Tima Shomali, declared, “Al Rawabi 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.”

On the other hand, Shirin Kamal, stated, “The Middle East has a multitude of stories and layers that other parts of the world may have not encountered, and I hope that Al Rawabi School for Girls not only resonates with women in the Middle East, but women from all over the world.”

Al Rawabi School for Girls, that will be produced in association 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.