The new catalogue combines cinematic masterpieces with contemporary rising stars from the Arab world's entertainment industry.
Netflix is releasing a new catalogue of 44 movies blending iconic and Arabic contemporary films, including the works of notable directors like Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.
The stories come from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria and Sudan.
“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen. We also believe that great stories come from anywhere and can travel everywhere connecting with audiences far beyond their place or language of origin. We’re honoured to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally,” commented Nuha El Tayeb, Director, Content Acquisitions, MENAT at Netflix.
Licensed from Front Row Filmed Entertainment, some of the films are already on the service and the majority will be available on Netflix starting on June 18th. Several titles will stream globally to 183 million members worldwide. All the films will include subtitles relevant to those countries where they are streaming in either English, Arabic or French.
Earlier in May, Netflix announced a collection of plays including El Eyal Kebret, Al Motzawgoon, Bye Bye London, Raya w Skeina, Morahek Fl Khamseen, Shahid Ma Shafsh Haga, Sok Ala Banatak, Madraset Almoshagbien, and Elwad Sayed Elshagal, all available through a dedicated row on the service called “Arabic Nostalgia”.