Parents' Guide to

The Exchange (2023)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Female finance pioneers lauded in Kuwaiti drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2023
The Exchange TV show: Munira and Farida in professional dress stand back to back but facing forward.

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The intriguing series tells the story of two fictitious female traders as a way of honoring the women who fought their way into Kuwait's financial industry in the 1980s. Set a few years before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, The Exchange highlights the many obstacles women faced (and in some cases continue to face) while navigating the cutthroat industry, including social customs, overt sexism, and corruption. The overall production lacks sophistication, and no doubt the English translation (in the dubbed version) takes away from some important cultural nuances. But The Exchange also offers an empowering narrative about what past generations of Kuwaiti women endured to break the glass ceiling in the financial world.

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