Last year, Netflix launched the “Because She Created” platform to invite Arab filmmakers to discuss the changing role of women in the Arab film industry.
Netflix today, July 7, released a specially curated collection of 21 Arab films by female filmmakers spanning various genres, including documentaries, dramas and romances, via a dedicated collection on the service titled “Because she created”.
The collection includes the works of critically acclaimed Algerian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Moroccan, Palestinian, Saudi, Sudanese, Syrian and Tunisian directors, and celebrates the creativity of the Arab world’s greatest storytellers. The new collection celebrates the creativity of female storytellers across the Arab world and aims to give more people a chance to see their lives reflected on screen.
Cinematic masterpieces like Let’s talk by Marianne Khoury invite viewers to dive into the life of her late uncle and Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, Nariss Nejjar’s Stateless reflects on the history of North Africa from a female perspective, Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, At Leyla Bouzid’s A story of love and desire, The multi-character drama of Fatma Zamoun Parkour and Suzannah Mirghani Al-Sit – all bring fresh, underrepresented narratives to life, bringing the female perspective to the fore. Other movies include Holiness by Saudi filmmaker Ahd Kamel, Bint Werdan by Kuwaiti director Maysaa Almunin, Sleepless nights by Egyptian filmmaker Maggie Morgan, Bedroom by Algerian filmmaker Latifa Said and Selma’s house by Jordanian filmmaker Hanadi Elyan, among others.
In a statement, Nuha el Tayeb, Director of Content Acquisitions, Netflix (MENA and Turkey) said, “We are proud to tell more stories of Arab filmmakers who can resonate with women from all walks of life and across the world. whole world. More women behind the camera also has a ripple effect on the women in front of it, and the stories in this collection showcase the work of Arab filmmakers from the region. Together, their voices inspire the wider creative community, while highlighting the importance of fair representation in storytelling and why it matters.
Netflix launched the Because She Created platform last year as a virtual roundtable for Arab filmmakers to talk about the changing role of women in the Arab film industry. Following its success, Netflix also partnered with the Cairo International Film Festival to organize the second edition of “Because she created” by talking with the famous Tunisian actress Hend Sabry.