Netflix is all set to release its first Kuwaiti series on September 23, a comedy-drama that follows the ups and downs of marital life.
Titled The Cage, the show will see several renowned Kuwaiti actors including Khaled Ameen, Hussain AlMahdi, Rawan Mahdi, Lamya Tareq, and Hessah Al-Nabhan, play important roles. Ameen plays the character of a social counselor who works with a married couple to help them understand each other better and communicate effectively, while he goes through struggles in his personal life.
The eight-episode series will portray how relationships have changed over the past decade, and is a new take on how Arab cinema illustrates the challenges faced by a married couple. Produced by Abdullah Boushahri, the show is directed by famed filmmaker Jasem Al-Muhanna, who previously directed the acclaimed film, Alnamous, which tells the story of a wealthy businessman who goes missing.
Although this is Netflix’s first-ever Kuwaiti series, the streaming giant previously collaborated with the country earlier this year in March. It conducted a six-week program called TV Writers’ Lab 6×6 in partnership with Kuwait-based National Creative Industries Group. “We’ve had several programs in the last two years, but the Lab 6×6 program is the first initiative of its kind in the region that looks to incubate writers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and turn their ideas into market-ready pitch decks in six weeks,” said Ahmed Sharkawi, director of Arabic series at Netflix.
Netflix has also produced several Arabic Original series, setting off with 2019’s Jinn, directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Amin Matalqa, and AlRawabi School for Girls, which was directed by Tima Shomali, and was a big success after its release last year.
The platform has also added a number of Arabic films to its repertoire, in order to promote award-winning features and shorts. Earlier this year, it released an Arabic remake of Perfect Strangers, starring Lebanese director and actor Nadine Labaki, Egyptian star Mona Zaki, Eyad Nassar, as well as Georges Khabbaz, Adel Karam, Fouad Yammine, and Diamand Bou Abboud.