Alhurra TV Gets Real in Egypt
Alhurra Television brings to life the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution by developing a television series that follows the lives of five young Egyptians. Starting in September 8th, Alhurra will launch Rayheen ala Feen?, Arabic for 'Where Are They Going,' which will provide a personal perspective on how young Egyptians have been affected by the tumultuous changes following the revolution. The program will follow the day to day lives of five young Egyptians as they respond to the political, social and economic changes brought about by the January 25th Revolution. The program will air Saturdays at 10 p.m. Cairo time.
"By focusing on five young adults, Alhurra's audience is able to view a cross-section of Egyptian society revealing their hopes, dreams, fears and challenges as they go about their daily lives. Rayheen ala Feen? is at times, humorous and dramatic, but always poignant. I have no doubt that these five individuals will capture the heart of the audience," said Alhurra's Fran Mires, Creator and Executive Producer. "Each person has their own compelling story as Rayheen ala Feen? shows each in their homes, workplaces and on the streets of Cairo."
"I was excited at the opportunity to work with Alhurra on this partnership. Rayheen ala Feen? continues Film Clinic's tradition of introducing unique and fresh concepts through the projects we select, whether in television or film," said Film Clinic's Mohamed Hefzy, Producer.
The program follows the lives of Islam, Mario, Sondos, Zoghby and Hanan. They each represent different political and socio-economic perspectives. The program highlights their individuality; as well as their interactions with one another as they face issues such as the role of women in society, freedom of expression and the difficulty finding jobs in the new Egypt.
Alhurra Television teamed up with award-winning producer Mohamed Hefzy and his production company Film Clinic to produce Rayheen ala Feen?. The 13-episode series was directed by famed director Tamer Ezzat. Mires is also the creator and executive producer of Alhurra's flagship program Al Youm. For more information about Rayheen ala Feen? go to the program's Facebook page.
Alhurra's coverage of the Egyptian Revolution won the People's Choice Award in the Association for International Broadcasting's 2011 Media Excellence Awards. Alhurra is operated by the non-profit corporation "The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc." (MBN). MBN is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency. The BBG provides oversight and serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.