Inspired by true events, The Exchange follows the story of Farida and Munira, two women who set out to pioneer the cutthroat stock market of 1980s Kuwait – and disrupt its corrupt boys’ club along the way. Starring Rawan Mahdi, Mona Hussain, and Hussain Al Mahdi, The Exchange takes the audience on a journey of the challenges of navigating a male dominated the industry during a time when the stock market in Kuwait was booming.
Farida is a recent divorcee, who is on a mission to prove she can provide for her daughter. Having been a devoted housewife and out of work for the last 13 years, Farida makes the decision to become self-sufficient and joins her cousin, Munira, to be the first woman at the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange.
Munira is a Clerk for the Bank of Tomorrow’s Trading Division at the Kuwait Stock Exchange. An independent, smart, and sassy woman, she is passionate about her career and strengthening her independence in her new job.
Together, Farida and Munira face challenges as they shatter the glass ceiling of the male-oriented financial market, embarking on a journey of sisterhood, perseverance, ambition, and strength.
The Exchange, created and written by Nadia Ahmad, Anne Sobel, and Adam Sobel, is produced by Abdullah Boushahri and stars a cast of Kuwaiti talents including Mohammed Al Mansour, Faisal Alamiri, and others.
Abdullah Boushahri said, “Having grown up in Kuwait and being surrounded by independent women my whole life, this production is close to my heart. Rawan and Mona perfectly depict the struggles women experienced back in the 80s 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, which brings together local and international expertise in a high-production masterpiece, shot and produced entirely in Kuwait.”
The six-episode series, directed by Jasem AlMuhanna and Karim El Shenawy, will be available on Netflix in 190 countries on February 8th, 2023.