‘Paranormal’ becomes first Arabic Netflix series to accommodate deaf and blind viewers

Netflix, the world’s leading online streaming service, is set to provide Arabic audio descriptions to allow visually impaired audiences to enjoy the series ‘Ma Waraa al-Tabea’  (Paranormal), scheduled for a November 5 release.

Egyptian actor Ahmed Amin tweeted that this series is the first to provide the service.

The series also will provide a written description for deaf audiences, Amin added.

The Netflix original series is based on the best-selling horror novels written by the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.

The series centers on Dr. Refaat Ismail (Ahmed Amin), a cynical hematologist with a dark sense of humor, whose world is turned upside down when his lifelong scientific convictions are questioned.

The series takes place in 1969, as Refaat enters his 40s, and begins to experience a series of paranormal activities.

Throughout the show, Refaat is accompanied by his university colleague, Maggie (Razane Jammal). Together, they enter the paranormal world in an attempt to save their loved ones from the danger that surrounds them.

The series, produced by Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, is the first instance of collaboration between Netflix and Egyptian producers.

Other notable cast members include Ayah Samaha and Reem AbdElKader

The series will be released in 190 countries around the world, with subtitles available in over 32 languages. It will also be dubbed into 9 different languages including: English, Spanish, French, Turkish, and German.

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