's not your usual Ramadan prime time light entertainment of period drama or romance. A TV show hitting screens across the Arab world tackles the grimmest of subjects.
fe under Islamic State Rule aired on the Saudi owned MBC satellite channel, Black Crows aims to counter the militants' sleek propaganda machine.
Filmed in Lebanon, it follows the widow of an Islamic State commander who becomes the head of a women's morality police force. With plot lines on sex, slavery, child soldiers, and so-called jihadi brides, it's the first TV drama to challenge the image of heroism and holy war that the militants promote on social media.
Black Crows reaching millions of Muslim viewers after they break their fast. MBC sister channels form the most watched network in the Arab world. Actors at MBC staff have told local media they have received online death threats from Islamic State supporters.>>
> Airing, the series on Saudi MBC reflects Riyadh desire to be seen as a bulwark against extremism.
These are the ones to whom we want to show the reality of terrorist organizations. And tell them that these people are not heroes like they portray themselves, they are villains.>>
Saudi Arabia's rulers follow the austere hardline Wahhabi school of Islam, but see Islamic State as a threat to their authority. The militants see them as ungodly for their alliance with western powers and they have staged attacks within the kingdom. Saudi King Salman unveiled a center for combating extremism when US president Donald Trump stopped by in Riyadh last month.