In the past 2 years, and due to the growth of the video consumption in the MENA region, a new category of films was born: Web Series!
Shankaboot is the fist Arabic Web Series by Batoota film in association with the BBC world Service Trust. Shankaboot – The web series takes us into the beating heart of modern Beirut street life through the eyes of Suleiman, our 15-year-old, happy-go-lucky delivery boy. Along for the ride are 19-year-old Ruwaida and the mysterious 20-something Chadi and a host of other memorable characters. One of the aims of the series is to present Beirut life and the life in Lebanon in the most realistic style. In keeping with that aim, the show’s creators cast actors with little to no prior acting experience for a naturalistic acting style rarely seen on Arabic television.(Wikipedia/Shankaboot). Shankaboot released 5 seasons Directed by Amin Dorra.
Taken from Google Images/Shankaboot
Shankaboot won the International Emmy for “Digital Program: Fiction” at the awards ceremony in Cannes on Monday 4 April, 2011.
Shankaboot today has more than 1 million viewers on the youtube channel.
Another Fresh and new Web series is born. MAMNOU3! is a Lebanese internet-comedy about the day-to-day inner workings of the country’s censorship bureau. It’s a web series of 10 episodes Directed by Nina Najjar, Created by Nadim Lahoud with the Samir Kassir’s Foundation. The project was funded by the European Union
A new Idea filmed in a comic way with young and amateur actors and actresses. When you watch the first episode you feel like you want to continue watching till the last episode. In the first episode we get to know the main characters. Each episode present a different case in Censorship and how they deal with it. For example in episode 5 Lamia and Joyce are covering “What must not be seen” and in episode 6 Lamia is trying to prevent Najem from accepting a music Video.
Ra2ib Najem at the Censorship Office
MAMNOU3 is shoot in a smooth style I will call it a documentary style! The location where MAMNOU3’S episodes take place convince us that they are shooting in a real censorship bureau.
MAMNOU3 was launched 2 months ago. You can watch it for free on the website http://mamnou3.com/ you can watch it also on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/MAMNOU3tube?feature=plcp
Mean while Enjoy watching MAMNOU3’S trailer!