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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights the challenges women in Kuwait have faced to become professionals in the finance industry and other professions. It also challenges stereotypes about Middle Eastern women. Patriarchy, family, motherhood, and divorce are themes.
Positive Role Models
Farida and Munira are strong, good at math, competitive, and work hard to succeed in a professional world that doesn't want to fully accept them. They're forging the way for future generations of women. Even the most open-minded men adhere to certain patriarchal customs, to the disadvantage of women.
The show's creator and writer Nadia Ahmad is Middle Eastern and wrote the story in part based on her mother and other women's experiences. The main characters, and some secondary characters, are strong Kuwaiti women.
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Violence & Scariness
Men are shown yelling, shoving, or simply walking into women as if they weren't there; on occasion women yell back. Arguments are frequent. Parents, ex-spouses, and other men occasionally use violent methods to intimidate or control the women in their lives.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are conversations about looking good and getting married among women. Men are shown overtly leering at, and making suggestive comments about (and directly to) Farida and Munira at work.
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Words like "hell" are occasionally audible.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional brands like Omega are visible. Local fast food restaurants and stores are sometimes shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is consistently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Exchange is a Kuwaiti series (available dubbed in English) about two women in the late 1980s becoming the first women to successfully build a career in the Kuwaiti financial industry. It addresses patriarchal cultural norms, workplace sexism, corruption, violence against women, and other issues from a Kuwaiti point of view. Divorce and single parenthood are also themes. There are occasional strong words used, and cigarette smoking is constant. Luxury brands like Omega are occasionally visible.
Is It Any Good?
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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