Netflix acquires 6 short films from Saudi Arabia’s start-up studio

A video grab shows a scene from the film 27th of Shaban. The movie is about a young couple meeting for a date and how the date unfolds.

JEDDAH — Netflix, an American media-services provider and production company, has bought the rights for six short films from Saudi Arabia start-up Telfaz11 Studios, media reports said.

The short films, which aim to shine a light on thought-provoking subjects with a focus on social themes, will be streamed under the title “Six Windows in the Desert” and will be available to watch in 190 countries from Feb. 27.

The films are 27th of Shaban, Wasati, Is Sumyati Going to Hell?, Predicament in Sight, The Rat and Curtain.

“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,” Netflix said while commenting on the acquisition of the rights of the films.

Nuha ElTayeb, director of Content Acquisition at Netflix, said, “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, added, “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 167 million 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.” — Agencies