A con­flict and all its hu­man cost

StarMetro Calgary - - DAILY LIFE - Aron Heller

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.

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