Oddity Tales From A Strange Land (غرائب في بلاد العجائب)
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Set in the MENA region, ’Oddity Tales from a Strange Land’ is an episodic TV series, where human behaviour is explored, such as denial, love, gluttony, revenge, greed, and bravery, all while following the adventures of our protagonist, Aya. A coming-of-age girl who is born in a small village in the Upper Galilee of Palestine. Aya’s youth was stolen when her mother passed away when she was seven years old, and she had to take care of her father and little brother. In this series, the line between realism and fantasy is blurred, with magical realism and the escapist narrative spread throughout and exhibited in the contemporary Middle Eastern context. The series is composed of six stories/episodes: ‘The Green Bird’, which is the pilot episode, and talks about the bird that comes back to the village where Aya lives to take its revenge. ‘Rum’ is when Aya gets involved in a war between the Jinn and the humans in order to save the world. ‘Al Rasad’ which is the monitoring or the finding of hidden gold by using the Jinn... ‘The Fennec’, which is the white Arabian fox that helps Aya find water for her village. ‘Al Zar’, a festival in Egypt that opens the door to the world of the dead. And ‘Nos Nsais’, the half-crippled human who kills the Ghoul.