“Al Rawabi School for Girls” is the latest Arabic-language series from streaming giant Netflix.
The central character of the 6-episode young adult miniseries is Mariam, a teenage girl at a prestigious high school for girls in Amman. A victim of bullying at school, she decides to take revenge on the popular students who persecute her and others at the school.
Created by Shirin Kamal and Tima Shomali, the drama series reveals real problems in Hashemite society, tackling questions of conservatism, honour crimes, patriarchy and violence against women. Very unusually for Arabic-speaking television, “Al Rawabi” shows the difficulties facing women in Jordan today. But women are not only at the heart of the story, they are also behind the camera.
A first, made possible by an all-female production team, notes actress Rakeen Saad, who plays a character called Noaf. Available in 190 countries and in 30 languages, “Al Rawabi School for Girls” is one of the most watched Netflix series in Jordan.