The films were licensed from Front Row Filmed Entertainment.
44 critically-acclaimed Arabic films that hail from Arab filmmakers from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Sudan, and Algeria are now available to stream on Netflix. Iconic movies like Destiny (المصير) by Youssef Chahine, The Message (الرسالة) by Moustapha Akkad and Capernaum (كفرناحوم) by Nadine Labaki are now available to watch on the popular streaming platform.
The new catalog of Arabic films highlight the importance of film in the region and showcase it to the entire world. Licensed by Front Row Filmed Entertainment, the films will be available not just in the Middle East, but to each and every one of Netflix’s 183 million subscribers worldwide. The films will come in English, Arabic, and French subtitles.
“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 honored to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally, ” said Nuha El Tayeb, Director, Content Acquisitions, MENAT at Netflix.
Netflix has also started introducing locally-made shows and plays to the region that includes Whispers, the first Saudi thriller and drama series along with short films Six Windows in the Desert and Saudi’s first animated movie, Masameer.