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The politicization of Syria's soap operas

As Syrian drama series gain popularity in the Arab world, the Syrian regime seeks to promote its vision through these series produced inside the Syrian territory.
An actress has her make-up applied before the filming of a scene in an episode of Syrian TV series "Al-Haqaeb - Dhubou al-Shanatee" (Baggage - Pack Your Bags), directed by Al-Laith Hajjo, at the set location in old Damascus July 6, 2014. As conflict continues in Syria, the group of actors is literally risking their lives to bring drama to television screens. Like many Syrian dramas filmed over the last three years, the TV series focuses on the life of a Syrian family living through the war. Picture taken Ju
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Over the past 10 years, Syrian drama series have been very popular in the Arab world and have even taken the lead among Arab series, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said during a meeting with South American actress Carla Ortiz May 20 in Damascus.

Syrian series have been getting high ratings on Arab channels, especially those that address Damascus and Syrian history, such as the series “Bab al-Hara,” which started in 2006 and is in its eight season. Although Syrians have widely criticized the series and said it distorts Syrian history, the series continues to be the most popular in the Arab world.

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