Hana Alomair, award-winning director, brings Saudi’s new thriller ‘Whispers’ to life

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“Whispers,” the first Saudi Arabian thriller series launched on Thursday on Netflix, is directed by award-winning director Hana Alomair.

The eight-episode drama 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.

“‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great 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,” Alomair said in a press release from streaming service Netflix.

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Writer, filmmaker and film critic, Alomair has been a name in the Saudi film industry for over a decade and in 2008 won award for best script in the Saudi Film Competition for “Hadaf.” In 2015, her short film “The Complaint” won the award for best short fiction film in the same competition. Working with Hind Al-Fahhad, the duo won best script for their short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

Now, Alomair’s work will be broadcast to a global audience with “Whispers” now streaming in 190 countries and subtitled in over 20 languages.

Female cast members include Shaimaa Al Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi, in addition to actors Ali Al Sharif, Osama Al Qass, and Mohamed Ali, who will star alongside Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

“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.

Al Arabiya English’s Ismaeel Naar contributed to this report.

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