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‘We want our stories to journey’: Netflix launches Palestinian film collection

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RAMALLAH, West Bank/JERUSALEM, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh says he felt proud after bringing to life via film his private battle in crossing an Israeli army checkpoint to go to his dying grandfather. But he did not anticipate his brief film to have a large viewers.

That all modified for Nayfeh on Thursday, when Netflix launched a brand new Palestinian film collection, the primary of its variety by a serious streaming service, that features his award-winning brief “The Crossing”.

“This is why we make films, because we want our stories to travel, we want people to know about us,” Nayfeh, 33, informed Reuters.

“Now when you type Palestine in the search button on Netflix, you will see so many different titles that you can watch. Before, when I would type Palestine I would get Israeli titles,” he stated.

Netflix’s new Palestinian collection, titled “Palestinian Stories”, is made up of 32 award-winning movies which are both directed by Palestinian filmmakers or inform Palestinian stories, the corporate stated in a press launch on Tuesday.

“The diversification of our content sits close to my heart as Netflix works to become the home of Arabic cinema,” stated Nuha El Tayeb, a spokesperson for Netflix.

Many of the movies inform stories of Palestinian life within the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza, territory Israel captured within the 1967 Middle East warfare and which Palestinians look for a future unbiased state.

Israel maintains army checkpoints within the West Bank, citing safety issues. Palestinians say the roadblocks severely limit their mobility all through the territory.

Before filmmakers, Palestinian musicians started reaping the advantages of streaming to a world viewers after Spotify launched its music streaming service within the Middle East and North Africa in 2018.

Netflix has made the brand new collection of Palestinian movies out there to all prospects, the corporate stated.

Huda al Imam, an actress within the Oscar-nominated film “Ave Maria”, which can be featured in Netflix’s Palestinian collection, stated it might broaden the attain of Palestinian stories.

“Thanks to Netflix, now Palestinian stories and Palestinian life with its magnificence and agony will likely be proven all world wide,” al Imam stated.

Reporting and writing by Zainah El-Haroun in Ramallah, further reporting by Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh in Jerusalem
Editing by Mark Heinrich

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