In a groundbreaking move, Netflix has unveiled a new collection of documentaries and other feature-length films by Palestinian directors, with the intent of responding to the social and cultural crises in the region.
“Palestinian Stories will be a unique collection of locally inspired content that will be promoted globally,” said Netflix vice president of content acquisition Faysal Shihabi. “This is going to be a small but important step in Netflix’s journey of meeting, sharing and hearing voices from countries around the world.”
The first seven titles include “Paradise Now,” a film by Ahmad Abdalla about two Palestinian youths who spend six months in an Israeli jail for stone-throwing against Israeli troops and want to set themselves free; “Bleak Days,” a film by Ziad Doueiri about a Palestinian teenager arrested for killing two Israelis; “Nonstop,” a film by Hany Abu-Assad about four young Palestinian men struggling to make a living in Egypt; “Ajami,” a film by Jaffar Ehsassi about a high school economics teacher who is accused of conspiring with the terrorist group Hamas; “Wajib,” a film by Ali Waked about the life of an Iraqi Kurdish man in West Berlin; and “All About You,” a film by Mostafa Dawabsheh about a married man who is more than just a good husband.
The films are selected from a pool of 30 submissions.