Netflix’s Arabic ‘Jinn’

(Photo: Aysha Shahaltough and Sultan Alkhail in Netflix’s ‘Jinn.’ Source: IMDb)

Will Smith, make room for another genie – or two – when Jinn arrives on Netflix tomorrow, June 13.

Unlike Smith’s genie in Disney’s current Aladdin, Netflix’s Jinn is the creation of real Arabs. The story is contemporary, rather than set around 1,000 years ago. And the jinn himself (herself?) appears in two human forms – one good, one evil.

The six-episode supernatural teenage drama was filmed in several Jordanian locations, including the ancient city of Petra — where the spiritual world enters the story and begins to disrupt the teens’ friendships and romances. But they must come together…to save their world. After all, “no one survives high school without a fight.”

Netflix subscribers can stream Jinn at

Amazon Prime subscribers, meanwhile, can stream two American movies also titled Jinn.

One’s a 2014 sci-fi thriller about a man (Dominic Raines) forced to confront an ancient curse now threatening his family.

The other’s a 2018 drama about a teenage black girl, Summer (Zoe Renee), whose mother (Simone Missick) converts to Islam, drawing Summer into teachings about the jinn. Variety called Renee’s performance “radiant,” “outstanding” and “incredible.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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