Netflix announced it is set to launch the first Saudi Arabian thriller series “Whispers” on June 11, the world’s leading streaming said in a press release, adding that the eight-episode drama show will be shown in 190 countries and subtitled in over 20 languages.
“The new series is one of many Khaleeji and Saudi titles available on Netflix, offering a different take on traditional dramatic shows in the region that appeal to global audiences,” Netflix said in its press release.
“Whispers” is produced by Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi” and tells the story of a family who faces the death of the family patriarch, Hassan, whose mysterious past resurfaces days before the expected launch of his company’s new smart application.
The story then develops from the different perspectives of the series’ protagonists and examines many social issues, such as family feuds and struggles brought forth by the business world.
Earlier in February, Netflix also launched six award-winning Saudi Arabian short films that tackled thought-provoking social issues. Released under the name “Six Windows in the Desert,” the movies shed light on several universal themes, including social taboos, love, and extremism.
“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. ‘Whispers’ is a fast-paced drama and every episode holds a new clue that will keep viewers wanting more. We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists,” said Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey at Netflix.
Hana Alomair, the director of the show, said that “Whispers” is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my her first time working with veteran Saudi Arabian actor Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.
“The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it,” Alomair said.