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US television and film production company Netflix launched the Palestinian Stories collection on Thursday, featuring lineup of award-winning films by Palestinian filmmakers or on Palestinian Stories. The collection is slated to launch with 32 films and more will be added in the coming weeks, according to a press release from Netflix.
Featuring the work of prolific and critically acclaimed directors like Annemarie Jacir, Mai Masri, Mahdi Fleifel, Susan Youssef, May Odeh, Farah Nabulsi and many more, “the collection is a tribute to creativity and passion Arab film industry like Netflix continues to invest in stories from the Arab world, âhe said.
âI am happy to finally have alternative Palestinian films available to a wide audience through Netflix. All of us in the Palestinian film industry are eager to share our story with the world through our authentic creative productions as an alternative to news reporting. said May Odeh, director of ‘The Crossing’.
Spanning multiple genres and styles, the collection will showcase the depth and diversity of the Palestinian experience, exploring people’s lives, dreams, families, friendships and love, Netflix said.
Nuha El Tayeb, Director of Content Acquisitions, MENAT at Netflix, said: âDiversifying our content is close to my heart as Netflix strives to become the home of Arab cinema, a place where anyone in the world. world can access great Arab stories. We believe that great stories travel beyond their place of origin, are told in different languages ââand are enjoyed by people from all walks of life and with the Palestinian Stories collection we hope to amplify these great stories with an audience. global. While these stories are distinctly and authentically Arabic, the themes are essentially human and will resonate with audiences around the world. That’s the real beauty of storytelling.
The collection features a number of nominated and award-winning films. Annemarie Jacir’s “Like 20 Impossibles” was the first short film from the Arab world to premiere at Cannes and became a national Oscar finalist and won Best Picture in Palm Springs, Chicago, IFP / New York, Nantucket. , and the Mannheim-Heidelberg film festivals. Elia Suleiman’s ‘Divine Intervention’ took home two wins and one Cannes nomination while Mai Masri’s ‘3000 Nights’ won the Jury Prize at the 2016 International Film Festival and Human Rights Forum.
Some of the films, such as “Present”, “Pomegranate and Myrrh” and “This Must Be Heaven” are already in service and will now live in the Palestinian Stories collection, making it easier for members to find exceptional content from the world. The majority of titles will be broadcast worldwide and all films will include subtitles relevant to the countries where they are broadcast in Arabic.
A prolific director of films such as “A Drowning Man”, “Xenos” and “A World Not Ours”, Mahdi Fleifel is delighted that his work is part of the collection of Palestinian stories and reaches a worldwide audience.
“Finally! A larger audience can have this exceptional opportunity to avoid all social obligations and to watch my movies in a row in one sitting! Thank you for this great privilege, Netflix. I am delighted!
The Palestinian Stories Collection can be accessed through Netflix.com/PalestinianStories and by searching âPalestinian Storiesâ on Netflix.
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