On December 9th get ready to watch some great Arab cinema classics, from Caramel by Nadine Labaki, to Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour, from Alexandria... Why? by Youssef Chahine to Ziad Doueri's West Beirut (pictured above). Running through many decades, traversing continents and lands and tracing cinematically the history of religious divides, wars, political turmoil and the collective story of multiple people who erroneously get grouped together by the word "Arab", Netflix is doing it right.
The selection includes the Palestinian titles already launched by the streaming giant back in October. Now in addition there are films from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The collection will include:
- 58 films from 47 filmmakers with 33 titles available in the US
- Narrative features, shorts, and documentaries
- Award winning films, hard-to-find classics, and hidden gems
- Several official submissions to the Academy Awards from past years
To begin watching, check out the selection on Netflix.