Arab-American series ‘Ya Bint’ in the works by Disney-owned cable network

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Time: 03 August, 2020

Dina Shihabi, a Saudi actress, is one of the writers of the show. (File/AFP)
  • The show follows an Arab trio as they struggle with the clash of cultures and the idea that “freedom equals happiness”

DUBAI: Disney-owned US cable network Freeform is launching a new show with an Arab twist that follows three best friends and their new life in Los Angeles.

The show, titled “Ya Bint” which loosely translates to “Hey girl,” centers on Arab-American women Maya, Jumana, and Lara who have moved from their homes in the Middle East to Los Angeles, according to Hollywood Reporter.

It follows the Arab trio as they struggle with the clash of cultures and the idea that “freedom equals happiness.”

Hit series “Empire” executive producers (EP) Danny Strong and Sanaa Hamri will also serve as the show’s EPs, while Dina Shihabi and Rolla Selbak will write it.

Shihabi is a Saudi actress who has appeared in shows such as “Altered Carbon,” “Jack Ryan,” and critically acclaimed comedy “Ramy.” She was the first Middle East-born woman who was accepted into the prestigious acting programs of Julliard and New York University (NYU).

This article was first published in Arab News

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