Satellite Queens

Behind The Scenes Of A Prime Time Arab Talk Show

Satellite Queens chronicles the lives of four female journalists-turned-stars, who host the weekly talk show Kalam Nawaem (“Sweet Talk”), known for its taboo subject matter. Hugely popular in the Arab region, the program attracts millions of male and female viewers of all ages. This documentary becomes a subtle cinematographic journey, exploring the contradictions, doubts and opportunities which satellite TV is introducing to contemporary Arab life.


Directed and written by: Bregtje van der Haak
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: VPRO, Thirteen/ WNET, TSR
Release: 2007
Length: 60 min/ 52 min
Sales agent: Films Transit International,


CINE Golden Eagle Film & Video Award 2007


Director: Bregtje van der Haak
Producers: Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting
Camera: Maasja Ooms
Sound: Benny Jansen, Rik Meier
Editors: Katharina Wartena, Alexander Oey
Research: Daisy Mohr
Music: Michel Banabila
Re-recording mixer: Warnier Studio, Michael Sauvage
Colorist: Daphne Maierna
Online editor: 
Tim van der Maden
Line producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof
Production assistant: Anne Buiter
Production Egypt: Marianne Makram
Production Saudi Arabia: Nauf Al Maiman, Salwa Al Maiman
Production assistant Lebanon: Sally Abikhalil
Translations & transcriptions:
 Hassnae Bouazza, Bibi Fadlalla, Ali Dahmani
Publicity: Yaniv Wolf
Co-Producer for EBC: Stephen Segaller
Commissioning editors: Jos de Putter, Doke Romeijn,  Frank Wiering

A Submarine production
in co-production with VPRO television and Thirteen/WNET New York
with the participation of Télévision Suisse Romande – an enterprise of SRG SSR idée Suisse.
© 2007 Submarine / VPRO