“It’s not about money. It’s about people.” Netflix has revealed the new official trailer for a series titled Soil, made in and produced in Belgium, but primarily about a Moroccan community in the country. Here’s the setup for this dark comedy series: If a Muslim person passes away in Belgium, he burdens his relatives with a delicate dilemma: “Do we bury him here or in his native country?” Ishmael, better known as “Smile”, has devised a solution: “What if we import soil from Morocco into Belgium to bury our deceased?” But without realising it, he’s opening Pandora’s ‘coffin’. Ha. This originally premiered on TV in Belgium last year, and is coming to Netflix soon for everyone else to watch. The main cast includes actors Yassine Ouaich, Charlotte De Bruyne, Barbara Sarafian, Tom Vermeir, Saïd Boumazoughe, Mourade Zeguendi, Ahlaam Teghadouini, Dries Heyneman, Ward Kerremans, Emilie De Roo and Wannes Cappelle. This is clever! Worth a quick look.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for the Belgian series Soil, direct from Netflix’s YouTube:
To revamp the family business, a young entrepreneur sets up a bold yet risky plan of importing soil from Morocco to bury his community’s deceased after he takes over his father’s company. If a Muslim passes away, he burdens his relatives with a delicate delimma. “Do we bury him here or in his native country?” Smile has found a solution: “What if we were to import soil from Morocco to Belgium to bury our deceased here. Let’s start a soil business!” Without realizing it, he opens Pandora’s ‘coffin’. Soil, originally known as Grond in Dutch, features episodes directed by filmmakers Mathieu Mortelmans & Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah. With writing by Zouzou Ben Chikha, Wannes Cappelle, and Dries Heyneman. Soil is produced by Gent-based outfit Lumière after being commissioned by VIER (SBS), and it’s made in collaboration with Netflix and Telenet. The series originally premiered in Belgium on VIER last year in late 2021. Netflix will debut the Soil series streaming in most countries on Netflix starting in spring 2022. Is anyone interested?