Entertainment21 July 2021
Al Rawabi School For Girls is a lifelong dream project of mine that took years of hard work and dedication. What started out as scribbles on a black board, is now an original show on Netlfix.
As a teenager, I felt the lack of shows that talked about young girls at that age. There wasn’t something that I could relate to that also entertained me. Today, there is still limited content directed at young people, particularly girls. That’s how the idea of creating a show that young girls around the world would relate to was born.
My vision for Al Rawabi School for Girls along with co- creator Shirin Kamal was to make an Arabic drama series that will resonate with young people by creating a fictional world full of drama and secrets that tells the stories of the young high school girls of Al Rawabi.
We also wanted to shed light on the challenges that young women face in high school. The one thing I always found lacking in most shows that talk about women is the female perception on their issues. So I gathered around a brilliant team of women to work on developing and executing the show’s creative vision. Together, we envisioned and built the elements of the Al Rawabi world, starting from the characters, set design, colors, lighting and even the music.
The characters are an integral part of the Al Rawabi world as they lead and determine the course of events throughout the show. Casting the girls had to be done with extreme precision, to choose actresses who can accurately portray these characters and bring them to life, so that young adults globally can relate to them.
We collaborated with talented individuals who were solely chosen based on their artistic and creative abilities. And for that, I could not have been more proud to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew, the men and women alike, whose passion and dedication were the main force behind delivering the show’s vision.
Today I share with you a glimpse of the secrets of Al Rawabi School for Girls, which will be available on Netflix on the 12th of August. The show will be released in 190 countries around the world and available in over 32 languages, and will have audio and written descriptions for disabled individuals.
Starring: Rakeen Sa'ad, Andria Tayeh, Noor Taher, Joanna Arida, Salsabiela and Yara Mustafa in addition to esteemed actresses Nadera Emran and Reem Saadeh.
Director: Tima Shomali
Produced By: Tima Shomali in collaboration with Filmizion Productions
Executive Producer: Shirin Kamal
Creators & Authors: Tima Shomali, Shirin Kamal, and Islam AlShomali
Producer: Nadine Toukan
Line Producer: Issam M. Husseini
Directors of Photography: Rachelle Aoun & Ahmad Jalboush
Production Designer: Rand Abdulnour
Costume Designer: Farah Karouta
Make-up and Hair Designer: Sleiman Tadros
Sound mixer: Nour Halawani
Post Production Supervisor: Magda Jamil
Post Production Facility: Bayt Shawareb for Media Productions
Edited by: Eyad Hamam & Ibrahim Ta’ani
Creative Music Supervisor: Shirin Kamal
Casting by: Talebox
Sound design by: DB studios
About Al Rawabi School For Girls
When Mariam is bullied in her all-girls high school, she gathers a group of outcasts and together they plot the perfect revenge to get back at their tormentors and send the students and administration into a spiral. Set amongst school and home life.
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