Netflix launches first documentaries and other films from Palestinian directors

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…

Netflix launches first documentaries and other films from Palestinian directors

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.

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