Netflix has officially renewed the Arabic-language Jordanian series, ‘AlRawabi School for Girls’ for a second season.
The series was a youthful high school drama produced with a full female Arab cast and crew. The six-episode first season was released on Netflix on August 12, 2021. ‘AlRawabi School for Girls’ was tagged as a limited series, when it premiered, but seems like the performance of the show made Netflix change its mind.
Written and directed by Jordanian director Tima Shomali in collaboration with writer Shirin Kamal, “AlRawabi School for Girls” is the story of a bullied girl seeking vengeance on her tormentors, only to discover that no one is all terrible or all nice, including herself. The final episode of the first season was titled, "The Calm Before the Storm."
The official statement announcing the renewal of the series:
Dear Parents and Students of Al Rawabi School for Girls,
With the end of an academic year full of difficulties, and with the summer vacation approaching, we would like to seize the opportunity and thank you for the great trust and support you provided to the school during the past year. We always strive to keep up with your needs, which we put at the forefront of our priorities, and we are keen to progress and overcome the challenges that the school has experienced during the past year. We would like to assure you of the school administration's interest in working to continue improving the environment of Al Rawabi School for Girls because it is one of the most important factors that contribute to building the personality of female students. We look forward to welcoming you all, full of positive energy and hope for a bright future, and we promise you a different vision for the school at the beginning of the new school year.
We wish you all success.
Best regards, Al Rawabi Girls School Management
The series stars Salsabiela A. as Roqayya, Joanna Arida as Rania, Yara Mustafa as Dina, Noor Taher as Layan, Rakeen Saad as Noaf, Andria Tayeh as Mariam, Faris Al Bahri as Ahmad, and Sameera Asir as Summaya.
The show also depicted several aspects of school that is rarely discussed. The patriarchy, corrupt systems/industries, bullying, sexual assault, and reputation were all reflected and represented in the series.
Tima Shomali also participated in Netflix's Ramadan "She Rules" campaign in 2017, along with 30 other female content creators and social media influencers, to honor strong female leaders on and off the screen.
Al Rawabi School for Girls, developed in collaboration with Filmizion, is Netflix's second Middle Eastern original after Jinn, which includes a cast of Jordanian upcoming talent.
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