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AlRawabi School for Girls: A dark, engrossing tale about bullying

A scene from AlRawabi School for Girls depicting Mariam (main character) and her friends. (Photo: Jordan News)

AMMAN — When Mariam, AlRawabi School for Girls’ main character, is bullied at her school, she gathers a group of outcasts to plot the perfect revenge against her tormentors. Together, they send students and their school’s administration into a spiral.اضافة اعلان

With six episodes each lasting about 50 minutes, AlRawabi School for Girls sends a message to teenagers around the world about the dangers of bullying.
As Netflix’s second Jordanian drama, the series is directed by Tima Shomali and written by Shomali, Shirin Kamal, and Islam Alshomali. It stars Andria Tayeh, Rakeen Saad, Noor Taher, and Joanna Arida, among other cast members.

Director Tima Shomali told Jordan News that for a long time, she “wanted to make a series that talks about women’s stories from the perspective of women. And I wanted to do it with a team of women.”

In her series, Shomali also underscores challenges faced by young women in high school.

“As a teenager, I saw that there was a lack of shows that talked about young girls at that age. There wasn’t something that I could relate to that also entertained me,” she said.

Today, there is still limited content targeting young people, particularly girls, added Shomali.

Cinematographically, the series sets dramatic scenes apart with contrasting, popping colors.

The aim was for the school to look too faultless from the outside, despite being the birthplace of a string of dark and disturbing secrets.

Each of the girls at the school is characterized by a particular attitude and story. The production team made sure to accentuate what is special about each character, be it through fashion or social background.

With the intersection of relationships and the fluctuations in characters’ friendships, viewers will be forced to question the morals of each character.
One thing for sure: AlRawabi School for Girls moves fast and keeps you hooked with its surprising shifts and striking visuals.