Netflix to roll out its first original Arab series ‘Jinn’

Netflix’s first-ever original Arab series Jinn will be available on its online streaming platform this summer.

The six-episode series has been filmed in Jordan. It’s the story of a group of teenagers whose “lives are disrupted when a Jinn in the form of a teenage boy appears to them in the ancient city of Petra.” 

Jinn feature Middle Eastern talent and is executively produced by Elan and Rajeev Dassani (SEAM). The series is written by Jordanian screen writer Bassel Ghandour, who’s known for his work in the Oscar-nominated film Theeb and is directed by Lebanese filmmaker Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, who’s well known for his 2015 hit feature Very Big Shot.  

The Jordanian director Amin Matalqa is also working on the project, directing two episodes of the series. 

Bou Chaaya expressed his enthusiasm at heading the project, declaring, “This is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project.”