First Netflix Arabic original series, Jinn starts principal photography

Jinn will be the first Arabic language Original Series on Netflix from the Middle East, starring up-and-coming local talent.
The young cast of Jinn takes a selfie
The young cast of Jinn takes a selfie

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Netflix's first Arabic Original Series begins principal photography today in Amman, Jordan. Mixing themes of supernatural and teen drama, Jinn will attempt to bring Middle East folklore into the modern world, exploring contemporary themes of Jinn mythology in a coming of age supernatural story about friendship, love, and adventure. The six-episode series has assembled a young first-time cast of teenage actors, and is expected to launch globally on Netflix in 2019.

Produced by Kabreet Productions, this supernatural teenage drama will be directed and executive produced by rising Lebanese director, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya (Very Big Shot) and executive produced by the duo of Elan and Rajeev Dassani (SEAM). Elan serves as head writer with Rajeev contributing to the writing alongside Amin Matalqa (Sundance Award Winner, Captain Abu Raed) from Jordan who is directing the last 3 episodes. 

Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of Jinn into their world. Featuring a cast of up-and-coming talent from the region, Jinn will see Salma Malhas star as Mira, a rebellious teen still devastated after the loss of her mother who learns to love again when she meets Keras, played by Hamza Abu Eqab, a Jinn tasked with guarding vigilante Jinns.

The series also follows a coming of age story of Yassin, played by Sultan Alkhalil, as sparked by his supernatural friendship with Vera, played by Aysha Shahalthough who is on a hunt for vengeance. Mira will be joined by her friends Fahed -Yaser Al Hadi - and Layla -Ban Halaweh- in the fight to rescue Yassin from the ruthless Vera before it’s too late.

Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series said: “At Netflix, we’re always looking for local stories with an interesting and relatable perspective to bring to screens all over the world. With Jinn, we aim to create a fantastical show about young people in the Middle East in Arabic that's real, authentic and action-packed. This Netflix show will be full of intrigue, adventure and amazing storytelling from Jordan and for our audiences around the world.”

Talking about the creative process, executive producer, and head writer Elan Dassani commented: “The freedom Netflix gives producers really allows us to delve deep into the nature of storytelling and bring Arabic stories to life. Arab youth are just like teens everywhere, trying to find the balance between embracing modern culture whilst keeping true to their rich history. We’re excited to be able to bring a show reflecting this to Netflix fans across the world”.

Executive producer and contributing writer Rajeev Dassani commented on creating a show about young Arab's: "Creating Netflix's first Arabic Original, and one of the first teen-focused shows ever from the Arab world, has been an unforgettable experience. We've had so many local teens tell us they've never seen themselves accurately represented on screen, and it is both our pleasure and our responsibility to bring that to them and, in doing so, showcase all that the region has to offer.”

Mir-Jean, director and executive producer of Jinn shares the Dassanis’ perspective: “It has been a great experience working with Netflix so far, both on a creative and production level. It’s been a very collaborative partnership where we have felt empowered to bring Jinn to life through our own creative vision with authenticity at the heart of the show."

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