Need something to watch? Saudi Arabia’s ‘Masameer the Movie’ hits Netflix

Netflix is streaming the Myrkott-produced film with subtitles in more than 30 languages. (Supplied)
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Updated 02 April 2020

Need something to watch? Saudi Arabia’s ‘Masameer the Movie’ hits Netflix

DUBAI: Netflix is now streaming Saudi animation film “Masameer the Movie,” which is based on an animated YouTube series, co-created by Faisal Al-Amer and Malik Nejer, that is considered one of the most successful local cartoon mini-series to date. 

Netflix is streaming the Myrkott-produced film with subtitles in more than 30 languages, making it available to more than 167 million viewers in 190 countries around the world.

The animation tells the story of Dana, a Saudi girl with a passion for robots and artificial intelligence, who embarks on a journey to create good in the world using robotics.




The film is based on an animated YouTube series. (Supplied)

Meanwhile, three friends: Saad, Saltooh and Kalb hit rock bottom and go on a journey of their own to prove themselves to society by becoming crime-fighting superheroes.

“We as Saudis, tell a story, our story, and as filmmakers or creators don’t need to sugar-coat or create a flowery image of our society,” Al-Amer told Arab News in a previous interview. “This is us, we don’t create movies for the approval of the West, we make them to express ourselves.”

Netflix’s decision to stream the film comes after “Six Windows in the Desert,” a series of short films created by Saudis made its debut on the streaming giant in February.


Arab celebrities tease fans with Ramadan series posters

Egyptian actor Amir Karara’s series is called “El-Ekhteryar.” (Supplied)
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Arab celebrities tease fans with Ramadan series posters

DUBAI: With Ramadan just around the corner, Arab celebrities have started to share posters of their shows and clips from their series online.

This week, Egyptian actor Hassan El-Raddad unveiled the poster of his show, “Shahid Ayan,” to his 4.4 million Instagram followers. Within minutes, supporters and other celebrities, such as Lebanese singer Razan El-Moghrabi, congratulated him in the comments.

Similarly, the posters for Egyptian actors Amir Karara’s “El-Ekhteryar” and Yasser Galal’s “Al-Fetewa” sparked excitement on social media, with users asking to watch the trailers.

Actor Mohamed Ramadan spiced things up by releasing a clip from his show “El-Prince,” in which he appears to be in prison and about to start a fight with one of the inmates.

“Amazing! We are excited,” one user commented.