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Netflix acquires six Saudi short films exploring social issues in KSA

The collection of films will be available to watch in 190 countries from February 27.

Netflix has acquired rights to six short films from Saudi Arabian start-up Telfaz11 Studios for a worldwide release on the streaming platform.

The shorts will be compiled under the title Six Windows in the Desert and will look into several social issues from Saudi directors’ points of view.

The films include 27th of Shaban, Wasati, Is Sumyati Going to Hell?, Predicament in Sight, The Rat and Curtain. The movies shine a light on topics that are universal in nature; social taboos, extremism and the human psyche are among the issues viewers can expect to watch. Not only will Six Windows in the Desert offer global audiences a lens into the perspective of the Saudi creators but also through the eyes of film characters with their own take on storytelling.

Commenting on the acquisition, Nuha ElTayeb, Director of Content Acquisition at Netflix, was quoted as saying: “It is our strong belief that a great story can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. With the vast number of local talents and creators all over the world, the potential for diverse and interesting stories is endless.”

Alaa Fadan, Chief Executive Officer at Telfaz11 Studios, remarked: “It brings us immense pride to have six of our short films brought onto Netflix. We are excited to bring the work of local Saudi talents to 167m subscribers around the world. Telfaz11 Studios produces  authentic and intriguing stories from our culture, and we cannot wait for the world to see what we have to offer.”