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Five Arab female filmmakers receive a Netflix scholarship

Five Arab female filmmakers receive a Netflix scholarship

The fund offers a grant of up to 250 thousand dollars (YouTube)

Announced a platform for watching movies and series Netflix About the names of the five Arab directors and producers who received a one-time cash grant, with the aim of supporting their documentary and fiction works.

This move came as part of the “Netflix” fund to support talent Creative, in cooperation with the Arab Fund for Culture and Arts (AFAC).

The film “White Lie” by Moroccan director and producer Asmaa Al Modir was selected in the non-fiction category. While Lebanese producers Diala Kashmar (From the Other Shore), Jana Wehbe (The Day Vladimir Died) and Tania Khoury (Season) presented three novels, Tunisian director and producer Sarah Abidi will have the opportunity to present her novel “My Name is Clara” on screen.

Netflix had launched its global fund to support creative talents in early 2021 to enhance the opportunities available to talents in underrepresented communities on the screen and to convey their voices to the world, and to bridge the skills gap by providing training programs required to upgrade them.

In the Arab world, the Fund provides a grant of up to $250,000, with the aim of providing financial support to Arab women producers.

In this context, Noha Al-Tayeb, Head of Acquisition and Content Licensing for the Middle East and Turkey at Netflix, said: in a statement“Arab history is full of female creators who worked in the field of entertainment, and we are proud of the first-of-its-kind successes and achievements of female creators from the region.”

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She added, “Giving more people the opportunity to see their lives reflected on screens requires more women in front of and behind the camera, and the Netflix Fund to Support Creative Talent helps the entire sector improve the representation of women in various aspects in a more vibrant and interesting way, and this is just one step in A way to enable more women to tell their stories and present their work to new audiences.”

AFAC offers annually two grant programs to support filmmakers in the fields of documentary film and feature film. Netflix has selected five female Afaq recipients for the year 2021 to receive support for their individual projects. The selected creators hail from different countries of the Arab world, including Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco.

For her part, the Executive Director of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Rima Al-Mismar, said: “We are witnessing the demand of more Arab female filmmakers to present influential images that shed light on the reality of life in our region. We are pleased to cooperate for the second time with (Netflix) to support women working in the field of cinema. In line with our mission to promote diversity in the voices and stories presented on screen.”