Netflix has dropped its first look at its next major Arabic-language original The Exchange, and we’re already hooked. The series, set in glorious 80s Kuwait, follows the women who upended the cutthroat world of the stock market boys club—and it’s inspired by a true story.
The show, which premieres February 8, was created and written by Nadia Ahmad, Anne Sobel and Adam Sobel, and the women-centric story of Farida and Munira features a star-studded cast of Kuwaiti talent, including Rawan Mahdi, Mona Hussain, Mohammed Al Mansour, Faisal Alamiri and Hussain Almahdi.
“ I grew up in Kuwait, surrounded by empowered women who were pioneering industries, especially in finance. They demanded to be heard and succeeded, breaking into the workforce and blazing new trails for future generations. ‘The Exchange’ is my love letter to them, bringing an amalgamation of them to life in Farida and Munira in a new and exciting way,” says Nadia Ahmad.
“‘The Exchange’ is a labor of love, the result of years of collaboration and hard work as we researched the 80s to build the visceral world in an authentic way. From interviews with historians and people who lived through these experiences, to polishing the plotlines, The Exchange was a creative rollercoaster and we are so excited to see it launch on Netflix,” add Anne and Adam Sobel, speaking in unison.
‘The Exchange’ is produced by Abdullah Boushahri and directed by Jasem AlMuhanna and Karim El Shenawy, and will be available on Netflix in 190 countries on February 8 2023