44 Iconic and Contemporary Arabic Films to Stream on Netflix Now


By mena.tv June 22, 2020



As Netflix continues its quest to champion regional storytelling on an international level and rapidly expand its diverse collection of Arabic titles for all audiences, dozens of critically-acclaimed Arab films will be added this week, on the worldwide streaming platform. Debuting an eclectic mix of 44 cinematic masterpieces from various time periods and genres, this new catalog of iconic and contemporary Arabic movies is a highly-anticipated window into the rich cultures and celebrated creatives of the Arab world. This carefully curated selection of films showcases the powerful stories that are renowned for shaping the past and modern-day cultural heritage of the region, with content hailing from the UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria, and Sudan.


Elevating both legendary and emerging Arab talent in the industry, from timeless Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine to Oscar-nominated Lebanese director of our time Nadine Labaki, each piece of work is an “authentic” and “relatable” glimpse into regional entertainment that reflects the multi-faceted complexity of Arab society, shared Netflix MENAT director of content acquisitions Nuha El Tayeb.


While all the Arabic titles will be available to MENA subscribers, some—especially the majority of the latest releases—will also be offered to Netflix’s global members in 190 countries depending on licensing rights. This unprecedented mass streaming launch will provide long-awaited portals into the evolving nuances and social issues surrounding the region, helping to foster newfound connections with global viewers and inspire future generations of Arab stars.