A conflict and all its human cost
When the Israeli creators of the Netflix show Fauda first came up with its concept, they doubted whether an action series based on the never-ending Mideast conflict would make for must-see TV.
“Why would somebody want to watch in their spare time something that is right outside their door?” pondered Avi Issacharoff, a longtime Arab affairs journalist in Israel. “We wanted it to be realistic, but we didn’t know if people who live with this crap 24/7 would be interested.”
But even with primarily Arabic dialogue, it became a hit in Israel, winning awards and accolades for humanizing both Israelis and Palestinians.
It surprisingly also garnered fans among Palestinians and other Arabs before earning acclaim in Hollywood for depicting the drama of the conflict and its human cost on both sides. Stephen King lauded it on Twitter as “all killer and no filler.”
Netflix, which doesn’t release viewership numbers, calls it a “global phenomenon” available in 190 countries.
Not everyone is onboard with the lovefest for Fauda. Read on at thestar.com/entertainment
Rona-Lee Shim'on in a scene from Fauda. The show’s second season will be released on Netflix on May 24.