Netflix partners with Arab Arts and Culture Foundation to support five Arab female filmmakers with $250,000 in funding
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Netflix partners with the Arab Arts and Culture Foundation to support five Arab female filmmakers. The agreement will see the streamer provide a one-time $250,000 grant to women producers and directors in the Arab world through the Netflix Creative Equity Fund to help create new opportunities for underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.
Five projects were shortlisted, led by women from Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco. These projects include director/producer Asmae El Moudir’s Mother of Lies, which was shortlisted in the nonfiction category. Lebanese producers Diala Kachmar, Jana Wehbe and Tania Khoury all have fictional projects. Rounding up is “My Name is Clara” by Tunisian director/producer Sara Abidi.
Nuha el Tayeb, Director of Content Acquisition at Netflix, said: “We are committed to telling stories about women in the Arab world. The Arab world has a long history of women in entertainment, we have had incredible success and firsts in the region, and we all serve Proud of that. But in order for more people to have the opportunity to reflect their lives on screen, we need more women behind and in front of the camera.”
The Executive Director of AFAC noted: “A growing number of Arab women filmmakers are producing moving images that reveal the reality of the region. This second collaboration with Neftlix, this time to support women in the film industry, complements AFAC perfectly. Mission to encourage diversity in voice and narrative.”