The moment has arrived: JInn the first Middle East Original on Netflix has been unleashed, premiering globally to 190 countries around the world.
Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world. As the jinn get stronger and the lines between good and evil blur, the high school students don’t know who to trust. Can they find the answers needed in order to save everything?
Starring Salma Malhas, Hamzeh Okab, Sultan Alkhail and Aysha Shahaltough, Jinn is produced by Kabreet Productions, directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Amin Matalqa.
Jinn is the first of many Middle Eastern Originals to join the Netflix platform with Al Rawabi School for Girls and Paranormal set to join the Arabic slate in the near future, cementing Netflix’s investment in the region.
Celebrating this milestone moment, Netflix hosted the launch event in Amman attended by cast, crew, media and influencers from across the region as well as local VIPS including the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, an important collaborator throughout production.
Speaking about the launch, VP International Originals at Netflix, Kelly Luegenbiehl said, “This is a proud day for us at Netflix. The Middle East has a very rich tradition of storytelling and we are excited to connect these great stories with global audiences. Jinn is a distinctly Arab story but with universal themes of love, friendship, humor and adventure which will appeal to young adults everywhere.”
Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of Commissioners at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and its Interim Managing Director said: “The RFC was pleased to welcome the first Netflix Arabic content TV series to Jordan, and we are proud that the cast is all Jordanian and Jordanian award-winning director Amin Matalqa directed and wrote some episodes. It is telling that there is a second local content TV series currently being developed here at this time. Jordan has many more local stories that have yet to be written and told, and the RFC is keen to see them come to life through film and TV series. This is one of the main reasons that it has been reviewing its policies regarding incentives, to try and develop and attract more TV series here in Jordan.”