‘Hala Khasa’ Series Shines Light on Autism | REVIEW


The world knows of Tom Cruise’s ‘Rain Main’ (1988) and Sean Paul’s ‘I Am Sam’ (2001) — important and critically acclaimed films that have illuminated the intricate facets of autism. Yet, in the Arab world, there hasn’t been enough light shone on autism, except for the notable Egyptian film El-Torbini (2007) which is based on the American film Rain Man. Then comes Hala Khasa (Special Case), streaming platform WATCH IT’s newest hit series which premiered on 3 January. Directed by Abdel Aziz El Nagar and penned by Mohab Tarik, Hala Khasa brings to the Arab world not just a mere story, but a vessel through which autism is explored with authenticity and sensitivity. The show stars Ghada Adel and Taha Dessouky, alongside a diverse range of stars including Hagar El Sarrag, Hassan Abouelrouss, Ahmed El Azaar, Ahmed Tarek, and Nabil Ali Maher. In my opinion, Hala Khasa is a groundbreaking exploration of the human experience. It is a must-watch because, besides the compelling cast and storyline, this show is bridging gaps and correcting misunderstandings when it comes to autism. Note: Stop reading here if you want to avoid spoilers. The…

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