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Netflix is bringing you your favourite nostalgic Arabic films, just in time for Eid

Abdulhussain Abdulredha is famous for his role as 'Mr Friday' in Bye Bye London [YouTube]

Date of publication: 21 May, 2020

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Staying at home for Eid doesn't seem as bad with Netflix releasing a series of old Arabic films on their playlist.

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While much of the world remains in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix has released an "Arabic nostalgia" playlist featuring classic films and plays from the Arab world.

It comes as Muslims across the globe prepare to celebrate Eid under lockdown, and Netflix hopes that the classic Arabic film fest will keep families entertained during the holidays at home.

Well-known titles such as Kuwait's famed Bye Bye London and Egypt’s Raya and Skeina are coming to Netflix’s permanent selection of films and are fully subtitled, so everyone can enjoy them. 

Other titles include Morahek Fl Khamseen, Shahid Ma Shafsh Haga, Sok Ala Banatak, Madraset Almoshagbien, and Elwad Sayed Elshagal. 

All the titles are from the 1970s and 1980s and remain hugely popular in Arab households today - many passed down from parents to their children.

"Members can now enjoy these nostalgic plays uninterrupted and in high quality, creating an unforgettable experience that they can share with their families. The plays will be available on the service starting on the 21st of May," Netflix said in a press release. 

Legendary Arab actors, such as Adel Imam and the late Abdulhussain Abdulredha star in the on-demand movies. It will allow families to come together and reminisce through fiilms that have kept generations of Arabs connected through laughter, despite the lockdown forcing many to stay in their homes this Eid.

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"We feel a great amount of pride and joy in bringing these Arabic plays to the service - stories that many of our members in the region have grown up watching," said Nuha AlTayeb, Director of Licensing for MENA and Turkey at Netflix. 

"We want to give people the opportunity to not only reminisce and relive their childhood, but allow them to create new memories with a new generation," she added.

Arabs on social media have voiced their excitement at the latest addition to the streaming service.

"I can't wait to analyze their translations and check how they captured Kuwaiti jokes and sarcasam in English!" Kuwaiti translator Noor Alhuda tweeted.

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