Netflix has announced a host of new Arabic films are joining its library, including some of our favourite releases from the past few years. The list includes Capernaum by Nadine Labaki, For Sama by Waad AlKateab and David Watts, You Will Die at 20 by Amjad Abu Alala, Papicha by Mounia Meddour, and A Son by Mehdi Barsaoui.
Nadine Labaki’s socially resonant drama Capernaum was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2019, while Waad AlKateab’s gripping documentary about the experience of motherhood during the war in Aleppo was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.
The news comes after the streaming giant made classic comedy plays including Madraset El Moshaghbeen and El 3eyal Kebret available in time for Eid last month, and brought six of iconic Egyptian director Youssef Chahine’s best films to the platform just yesterday, June 18th.
“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen,” says Nuha El Tayeb, Director, Content Acquisitions, MENAT at Netflix. “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.”