Available worldwide via the Netflix platform since the end of January, the series from the United Arab Emirates brought to the screen by actress Fatima Al Taei is the first Emirati TV series offered by the streaming video service.
Comprising 18 episodes of about 30 minutes each, the dramatic series Justice: Qalb Al Adala shot in Abu Dhabi follows an ambitious and passionate young lawyer, Farah, starring Fatima Al Taei. Back in the Arabian Peninsula after graduating from law school in the United States, her father, one of the best lawyers in the United Arab Emirates, hopes that she will join her firm for the good of her career. While her father has great ambitions for her, Farah has other projects: in particular to help strengthen the “legal and cultural envelope” in her country of origin.
After the Emirates films Zinzana Majid Al Ansari and Ali F. Mostafa’s The Worthy available on Netflix, it is now the turn of a soap opera to make its place on the platform. A concretization for the series of Williams M. Finkelstein and Walter Parkes, who wanted to make realism an absolute priority. Where several Arab series, films or cartoons have been accused in recent years of lack of authenticity, Justice: Qalb Al Adala has cooperated with the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department in particular to enable foreign viewers to gain an accurate picture of the functioning of the local legal system.
The role of the actors, in particular that of Fatima Al Taei, should also be highlighted. After appearing in Going to Heaven in 2015 or Don’t leave me in 2013, Farah’s performer reveals herself in a new exercise. Passionate and combative, Fatima Taei delivers a strong performance that keeps us on our toes over 18 episodes. Thanks to its subtitles in 20 different languages and its arrival on Netflix, the Justice: Qalb Al Adala series opens up to the world and gives legitimacy to the content produced in the United Arab Emirates.
What about expanding?
While Justice: Qalb Al Adala is, for the time being, the first and only Emirate series available on Netflix, it is not the only one in Arabic either. Among the Arabic-language series in the streaming service’s catalogue are the Lebanese dramas Al Hayba and Black Crows, soon to be joined by the American-Jordanian production Jinn.