Parents' Guide to

Fauda

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, empathetic thriller has cursing, smoking, sex.

TV Netflix Action 2016
Fauda poster: Lior Raz as Doron looks left, Hisham Suliman as Taufiq Hamed looks forward.

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This well-written, well-performed series is inspired by co-creators Lior Raz and Avi Assacharoff's experiences serving in the IDF and other real-world events. Fauda offers an empathetic portrayal of the people involved in its Israeli-Palestinian conflict-themed narratives. Each season features Doron (played by Raz) and his unit as they hunt down and eliminate operatives, which leads to lots of action-packed military tactics and gritty violence. While this is offered from an Israeli point of view, at its heart are the personal stories of the Israeli and Palestinian operatives, and how those associated with them are affected by their actions.

As such, viewers are allowed to see people on both sides negotiate romantic relationships, parenting responsibilities, friendships, and job politics as they stick to deep-seated belief systems that justify horrific violence and seeking revenge against one another. It's entertaining, but also serves as a bleak reminder of the real-life, on-going discord in the area, and the toll it takes on all those who live there.

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