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New Kuwaiti series on Netflix sees women in lead roles

Set in 80s Kuwait, The Exchange follows the women who upended the world of stock market

New Kuwaiti series on Netflix sees women in lead roles
[Source photo: Netflix | Venkat Reddy/Fast Company Middle East]

After dropping the teaser two weeks ago, Netflix has released the trailer of the Kuwaiti series, The Exchange, set to premiere on February 8. Inspired by true events, the new series follows the story of Farida and Munira, two women who set out to pioneer the cutthroat stock market of 1980s Kuwait. 

Starring Rawan Mahdi, Mona Hussain, and Hussain Almahdi, The Exchange takes the audience on the challenges of navigating a male-dominated industry during a time when the stock market in Kuwait was booming.

The six-episode series was written by Nadia Ahmad, Anne Sobel, and Adam Sobel and directed by Jasem AlMuhanna and Karim El Shenawy. The show is produced by Abdullah Boushahri.

“Having grown up in Kuwait and being surrounded by independent women my whole life, this production is one that is close to my heart. Rawan and Mona perfectly depict the struggles women experienced back in the 80’s and I can’t wait for the world to see their characters’ stories unfold on the big screen. Besides the plot, I am excited for the audience to see how we brought this era to life, that brings together local and international expertise in a high-production masterpiece, shot and produced entirely in Kuwait,” Boushahri said in a statement. 

The Exchange is Netflix’s second Kuwaiti series. In September 2022, the platform released The Cage, a dramedy about the ups and downs of marital life.

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