The New York Times rated it one of the 30 best international TV shows of the decade. First broadcast in Israel in 2015, Fauda, an Israeli counterterrorism thriller, gained international acclaim when it made its Netflix debut a year later. “Fauda shrewdly exploits the exigencies and emotions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its dusty, mazelike locales,” wrote the NY Times.
Expectations are high for Season 3 of the TV show. Millions of viewers around the world are waiting impatiently for Fauda’s third season. When will it be aired on Netflix? Who’s the new leading actress? What is the plot about? Where was it shot? Check out our 15 Facts About Fauda Season 3. (And read all our articles about Fauda Season 1 to 4.)
15 FACTS ABOUT FAUDA SEASON 3
Season 3 of Fauda, which means chaos in Arabic, premiered in Israel on YES cable network in December 2019. More than one million people watched it in the first 48 hours.
Fauda Season 3 premiered internationally on Netflix on 16 April 2020. There were only a few exceptions: In France and French-speaking territories, Fauda 3 premiered on 4 June. Season 3 features 12 episodes.
The plot: Doron ensnares a determined young boxer when a months-long covert mission puts the team on the trail of a Hamas leader high on Shin Bet’s wanted list.
CAST AND PLOT OF FAUDA PART 3
The leading role is played again by Lior Raz (48), who’s also the co-creator of Fauda. He plays Doron Kavillio, an agent of an undercover unit of the Israeli army called the Mista’aravim.
The female lead role is played by Marina Maximilian, an Israeli singer-songwriter and actress who has more than 114,000 Instagram followers. Marina, who was born in the Ukraine, learnt to play the piano as a child (her mother was a classical pianist) and later attended the conservatory. In 2007, she was the runner up of the fifth season of the Israeli talent TV show Kokhav Nolad (A Star Is Born). Marina did not serve the Israeli Defence Forces for mental health reasons. The 32-year-old artist acted in only two TV series before Fauda.
Marina plays Hila Bashan, chief of the Shin Bet’s Gaza Desk. “She makes a job that saves lives on a daily basis,” says the actress. “It’s a great honor to join the cast of Fauda.”
In some pictures, Marina Maximilian bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Rona-Lee Shim’on, who starred in Fauda‘s two first seasons and who’s part of the cast of Fauda Season 3.
TRAILER FAUDA SEASON 3
The agents of Doron’s undercover unit are played by the same actors as in Fauda 2: Doron Ben David (Steve), Idan Amedi (Sagi), Yaakov Zada Daniel (Eli), Boaz Konforty (Avichay) and Itzik Cohen (Captain Gabi Ayub).
FAUDA SEASON 3 IS SET IN THE GAZA STRIP
According to Avi Issacharoff, the co-creator of Fauda, the new season takes place in the Gaza Strip. “It was a unique challenge,” he says in the trailer. Gaza is a territory populated by 1.5 million Palestinians and administered by the Palestinian National Authority since 1994 (more infos).
“We’ve never dealt with the situation in Gaza before,” says film director Rotem Shamir. “We couldn’t film there, so we had to put in a lot of work in the look and feel of the set to make it come alive like a real city.”
“This is the highest production value I’ve ever seen in an Israeli series,” says lead actor Lior Raz.
The trailer starts with the voice-over of a man who says: “Are you ready to enter the most crowded, dangerous and explosive place in the Middle East?”
Fauda 3 was shot in Tel Aviv, Israel. The parking area was turned into an underground Hamas headquarters.
NEW FAUDA ACTORS IN SEASON 3
Fauda Season 3 has a few new characters played by Marina Maximilian (see above), Ala Dakka, Khalifa Natour and Reef Neeman.
Reef Neeman is an Israeli model and actress. After Fauda Season 3, she starred as Shira in Shtisel Season 3.
VIDEO: THE MAKING OF FAUDA 3
VIDEO: THE CAST AT THE PREMIERE OF FAUDA SEASON 3 IN TEL AVIV
VIDEO: THE HISTORY OF GAZA
VIDEO INTERVIEW: THE STORY BEHIND FAUDA
(This article was first published on 21 March 2020 and recently updated.)
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