This razor-sharp feel-good drama series is about five girlfriends and their insatiable drive to become who they want to be and is set between Moroccan culture and Dutch polder reality. This feel-good series shows a new story which is touching, funny and cheeky and in which everyone can recognize themselves.
The eight-part KRO-NCRV drama series is a new story about five Moroccan-Dutch friends, conceived by creative producer Daria Bukvić and Fadua El Akchaoui (the makers of the successful theater production Melk & Dadels and the film Meskina), among others. The scenarios were written by Willem Bosch, Dunya Khayame, Fadua El Akchaoui and Manju Reijmer.
In Zina, we are introduced to Amal (Soumaya Ahouaoui) and her friends Lamya (Asma El Mouden), Sofia (Jouman Fattal), Nisrine (Dunya Khayame) and sister Samira (Sofia Yousfi). Amal is a Moroccan-Dutch woman who has her life on track. She has a job, a house and is about to marry Younes, type of ideal son-in-law. That very fact makes her question all the expectations imposed on her by others and by herself. She has almost checked off all the boxes on her list. But is she happy?
The first series of Zina was shown by KRO-NCRV on NPO 3 and NPO Plus. This first series was nominated for a Rockie Award and shortlisted for the Rose d’Or and a Gouden Kalf.
Spring 2023 will see the development of stories for series 2. At the beginning of that series, the five girlfriends leave for Morocco, which is a turning point in their lives for all of them. When Lamya meets her half-sister at her father’s funeral, it unravels a big family secret about her mentally ill mother. Can Lamya care for her family without losing herself? And like Lamya, her friends struggle (each in their own way) with choosing for themselves and also caring for the community they come from.