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The growing list of Arab-language films and series on Netflix recently got a welcome addition: Palestinian director Elia Suleiman. In the world of streaming platforms, Mubi has positioned itself as the one that offers arthouse cinema. So it’s delight to find Suleiman’s award-winning features on Netflix.
As little digging around shows that there’s much more on the platform for viewers interested in Arab-language cinema. There are classics and contemporary films, documentaries, comedies and melodramas. Some of the critically acclaimed titles have been shown in India only at film festivals. The buzzworthy series include Al Rawabi School for Girls, set in a school for wealthy pupils.
Even as anything South Korean is all the craze, the Arab titles provide a window to a world closer and more familiar to our own. Here is a list of 11 films available on Netflix in India.
Elia Suleiman’s cinema channels absurdist comedy, performance art and Arab memories of occupation, exile and civil war. Born and raised in Nazareth in Israel, Suleiman spent several years in New York. His films explore the condition of Palestinian statelessness and his physical, psychological and political distance from his homeland.
Inspired by the deadpan maestros Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, Suleiman appears in his own…