Young Saudi women take centre-stage in new MBC Studios drama 'Boxing Girls'

Young Saudi women take centre-stage in new MBC Studios drama 'Boxing Girls'
Published: 22 January 2019 - 8:40 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

MBC Studios has unveiled the new series, ‘Boxing Girls’, an Arabic-language drama produced by O3 Productions and twofour54 Abu Dhabi. The new drama series will debut in February 2019, on MBC channels.

Directed by Saudi filmmaker Samir Aref, ‘Boxing Girls’ is the screenwriting debut of Afnan Al Qassimi, and stars well-known names in Arab entertainment, including Fatima Al Hosani, Ali Al Sherif and Shaifan Al Otaibi. The programme places young people at the centre of the story, as well as behind the scenes.

Production teams from both O3 Productions – now part of the recently established MBC Studios – and twofour54 spent two months shooting in Abu Dhabi across locations in the UAE capital, before moving to Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to complete the second phase of production.

Speaking about the new TV drama, Fadi Ismail, General Manager of O3 Productions at MBC Group said: “We are creating a unique Saudi production for the youth, by the youth. The characters portray young women struggling to cope with life and the series examines whether they will overcome these obstacles or give in to the pressure."

“At O3 Productions and MBC Studios, we are striving to create a variety of dramas, from historical series such as ‘Al Asouf’ and ‘Haret El Sheikh’, to social dramas like ‘Love without Borders’. This promising new series is reliant on its young female actors and paves the way for these social media stars to shine on the small screen as well.”

Ismail also praised twofour54 for its continued support that allows O3 Productions to film in Abu Dhabi. The series benefited from twofour54’s award-winning production and post-production services and facilities, and from Abu Dhabi Film Commission's 30% rebate on production spend.

Her Excellency Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi (MZA) and twofour54, commented: “This drama production is particularly unique because it puts a real emphasis on the region’s young talent – both in front of and behind the camera. Sixty-five percent of the Arab world’s population is estimated to be under the age of 30, and therefore it is crucial to nurture and develop local talent to ensure that stories appeal to both a local and global audience.”

She continued: “We are delighted to partner with O3 Productions for the fourth time, where together, we have already built two sets at our backlot in KIZAD and produced four quality Arabic dramas in Abu Dhabi. Partnerships such as this are an important part of our mission to encourage and support the creation of quality Arabic content.”

‘Boxing Girls’ also stars Mila Zahrani, Abdul Aziz Skeirin, Alaa Shaker, Dana Al Salem, Anoud Al Saoud, Abeer Sander, Noura Ezzer, Mohammed Meshaal, Rakan, Zuhair Haider and Zara Al Balushi.

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