Netflix has signed up their first-ever original Saudi Arabian show which will be streaming on the platform next month.
The eight-part series is an original and will be called ‘Wasawes’ in Arabic and ‘Whispers’ in English. The thriller will be premiered on June 11 to 190 countries. And it will also be translated into more than 20 languages via subtitles.
The drama follows a well-off family who discovers dark secrets and hidden truths after a family death. The series also looks at the issue of family feuds and struggles in the business world.
“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere’ says Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix.
‘Whispers’ is a fast-paced drama and every episode holds a new clue that will keep viewers wanting more. We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.”
“The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it,” adds director Hana Al Omair.
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Whispers is just the latest Middle East TV show or film to be signed up by Netflix. The streaming giant also snapped up Aerials, a 2016 Emirati feature film that sees aliens take over Dubai.