Hit Israeli action television series Fauda has become the first Israeli show to be dubbed in Farsi, with this version being made available through the London-based Manoto TV.
The broadcaster is available in Iran, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and West Africa, where it reaches an estimated 25 million Farsi speakers, while it has been estimated that Manoto TV reaches 30% of households in Iran.
Available through Netflix in many other countries, the series – about undercover operators who pose as Palestinians to hunt terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza – has been a global success, though naturally it has also been heavily criticised in some quarters as Israeli propaganda.. The series has bilingual scripts in Arabic and Hebrew.
Co-created by Lior Raz (also the lead actor, and who – in an important bit of trivia – at one point was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal bodyguard) and Avi Issacharoff and produced by Yes Satellite Television Company, the series launched in 2015 and wrapped its third season last year.
Avi Issacharoff has been quoted as saying: "We are proud that Fauda is airing on this channel, and that it will, for the first time, allow a Farsi-speaking audience to watch the series and see the conflict from unfamiliar angles."
Manoto is an international free-to-air Persian language general entertainment channel which was launched in October 2010. It is owned by Marjan Television Network, which was established by Kayvan Abbassi and Marjan Abbassi. It is based in London and its programming includes documentaries, films, series, news and reports.