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For hundreds of years, the Rawi, or storyteller, would stand amidst a crowd of attentive listeners and recite tales that were enriching, educating and entertaining. Storytelling has, and will always be, embedded in our culture. The Rawi Screenwriters Lab promises to continue this tradition; a collaborative effort between the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) and the Sundance Institute. 


This formula has proven successful over the years: since Rawi was founded in 2005, some ninety projects have passed through the program with commendable results.

We will continue unveiling the region’s exceptional talent and narratives as part of the RFC’s goal to mold a new generation of Arab artists who will convey our stories. In addition, we will carry on supporting Alumni filmmakers until their projects are developed, completed, and seen by worldwide audiences.

Following the scriptwriters/filmmakers who took part in Rawi Screenwriters Lab, 2005- 2017:

Rawi Participants 2005

Abu Nowar, Naji- SHAKOUSH
Dabis, Cherien- AMREEKA
El Chamaa, Sabine- THE INFINITE CORRIDOR
Kazkaz, Rana- GIBRAN
Najjar, Najwa- POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH
Nasir, Bassem- BARBERSHOP TRINITY
Zoabi, Sameh- JAMES DEAN AND ME

Rawi Participants 2006

Al Daradji, Mohamed- UM HUSSEIN (later entitled: SON OF BABYLON)
Al Hushki, Mohammad- COLORED FEATHERS
Ballivian, Nicole- SLEEPING ON STONES
Ghaffari, Rabeah- NEYSHAPOOR
Malouf, Lynn & Sauma, Alain- BAGHDAD CAN WAIT
Ragab, Sayed- LONGING
Sharif Tabet, Sylvio- CHILDREN OF OEDIPUS
Srour, Shady- SENSE OF WILL

Rawi Participants 2007

Ayouch, Hicham- SAMBA DO MAAZOUZ
Benmoumen, Salima- A PLACE FOR ATLAS'S FEET
El Habbash, Ismail- DANCING AT THE CHECKPOINT
Khatib, Suhad- THE BUILDING
Nashef, Rola- DETROIT UNLEADED
Zahra, Eyad- SAMMY PARADISE
Zeneddine, Chadi- THE LAST OF STORYTELLERS

Rawi Participants 2008

Bargach, Selma- THE FIFTH STRING
El Hosaini, Sally- MY BROTHER THE DEVIL
Kashua, Sayed- LET IT BE MORNING
Mansour, Aseel- ABU SHANAB
Masri, Mai- PRISON DIARIES (later entitled: 3000 NIGHTS or 3000 LAILA)
Shams, Nadine- WHEN WE ARE BORN
Wattad, Nizar- LAND OF THE BRAVE
Zayid, Maysoon- L.A.W.

Rawi Participants 2009

Abu Khdeir, Yacoub- SMALL VICTORIES
Al Mansour, Haifaa- WAJDA
Araj, Suha- IKSARA
Demange, Yann- Mounir- FATHER
Hamdan, Dima- MY NAME IS ALI
Kharsa, Kasem- SHELTER
Tarazi, Gilles- THE REPLACEMENT

Rawi Participants 2010

El Zayyat, Mohamed- BURYING MOM
Eliewat, Nadia- WHERE TO LONDON
Khalil, Basil & Assal, Maha- A GAZA WEEKEND
Mardini, Mark- DRUNK
Najjar, Michael Malek- FAREWELL BELOVED
Wassef, Engi- A BEAUTIFUL GAME
Ambah, Faiza- A REVERENCE FOR SPIDERS
Bensalah, Karim- RED OLIVE TREE

Rawi Participants 2011

Ainouz, Kamir- HONEY CIGAR
Al Massad, Mahmoud- BLESSED BENEFIT
Ameen, Ahmad- A FEW DAYS IN SYRIA
Jarbawi, Bassam- SOLITAIRE KING
Jarjoura, Katia- THE EYE OF THE DEVIL
Mouaness, Oualid- 1982
Tatoyan, Sona- THE FIRST FULL MOON

Rawi Participants 2012

Abu Hamdan, Zaid- DAUGHTERS OF ABDUL-RAHMAN
Al Zubaidi, Sobhi- VIA DOLOROSA
Al-Salami, Khadija- I AM NUJOOD AGE 10 AND DIVORCED
Bendari, Sherif- TWO ROOMS & A PARLOR
Chouikh, Yasmine- UNTIL THE END OF TIME
El Amine, Rabih- TREES ALSO DIE
Sadoughi, Naz- CRESCENT MOON
Shakarchi, Mustafa– NOOR

Rawi Participants 2013

Al Abdallah, Yahya- ME, MYSELF & MURDOCH
Charaf, Wissam & Dabaji, Hala- 3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous)
Kodeih, Rami & Salim, Nora– SONS OF SUNDAY
Mosbah, Ala'a- CAIRO, EARLIER
Nayfeh, Ameen– 200 METERS
Boulghourijian, Vatche– TRAMONTANE

Rawi Participants 2014

Ahmad, Roua- BAGHDAD PERFUME
Azzazi, Islam & Akl, Charles- KILLER OF THE SELOWA
Dabis, Deema– SHAKE 
Faddoul, Merva- THE GOLDEN CAP CLUB 
Hammouri, Omaima– SNOW 
Ibrahim, Hussein- TIDE

Rawi Participants 2015

Barsaoui, Mehdi- A SON
Belhadj, Hassiba- THE GRAVE
Breche, Bass- THE MAIDEN’S POND
Ghandour, Bassel- THE ALLEYS
Hayel, Mohanad- DEATH STREET
Lotfy, Hala- THE BRIDGE
Mari, Rama- GEOGRAPHY OF SOLITUDE
Tarabieh, Ehab- THE TASTE OF APPLES IS RED

Rawi Participants 2016

Saleh, Ahmad – THE BIRD’S WINDOW
Rabate, Charlotte – TOURNE CHÉRI
Salim, Mariam – BY THE CAVE
Taha, Meedo – A ROAD TO DAMASCUS
Joobeur, Meryam – ROMAN RUINS
Salib, Nadine – SHADI AND I
Azzeh, Samer – THE BALCONY OF PARADISE
Ibrahim, Yousef – YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY

Rawi Participants 2017

Al-Dardji, Ahmed – NADIA
Nassif, Christoph – CLUB 534
Haddad, Fadi – THE LAST SUMMER
Jaradat, Ghassan – EVERYDAY IS YOUR FUNERAL
Al-Fassi, Hanaa – THE FLOWER MEN
Zagha, Said, THE GIRL
Nass, Saleh – FIVE DAYS GRACE
Francis, Sarah – DEAD DOG

Rawi Creative Advisors have included:

Rawi Advisors 2005

Howard A Rodman, USA (JOE GOULD'S SECRET, SAVAGE GRACE)
Marianne Ahrne, Sweden (Near & Far Away)
J. F. Lawton, USA (Pretty Woman)
Zachary Sklar, USA (JFK, THE FEAST OF THE GOAT)
Solveig Anspach, Iceland (BATTLE CRIES, MADE IN THE USA)
John Feist, USA (Survivor)
Gabrielle Kelly, Ireland (MORT THE DEAD TEENAGER)
Kate Hall, USA (Survivor)
Teresa Lawton, USA (Pizza Man)
Richard Moore, USA (Circle of Iron)
Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon (West Beirut)

Rawi Advisors 2006

Andrea Arnold, UK (RED ROAD, FISH TANK);
Antonia Bird, UK (PRIEST, CARE);
Craig Bolotin, USA (NO SMALL AFFAIR, LIGHT IT UP);
Dagur Kári Petursson, Iceland (NOI THE ALBINO, DARK HORSE);
Dylan Kidd, USA (ROGER DOGER, P.S.);
Jocelyn Saab, Lebanon (ONCE UPON A TIME IN BEIRUT, DUNIA);
Miguel Arteta, Puerto Rico (CHUCK & BUCK, STAR MAP);
Steven Katz, USA (SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, WIND CHILL);
Susan Shilliday, USA (LEGENDS OF THE FALL, A WRINKLE IN TIME);
Yesim Ustaoglu, Turkey (JOURNEY TO THE SUN, PANDORA’S BOX)

Rawi Advisors 2007

Craig Bolotin, USA (NO SMALL AFFAIR, LIGHT IT UP);
Mary Harron, Canada (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, AMERICAN PSYCHO);
Michael Goldenberg, USA (CONTACT, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF PHOENIX);
Nabil Ayouch, Morocco (ALI ZAOUA, WHATEVER LOLA WANTS);
Shawn Slovo, UK (A WORLD APART, CATCH A FIRE);
Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt (THE GATE OF SUN, THE AQUARIUM)

Rawi Advisors 2008

Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
DV DeVincentis, USA (GROSSE POINTE BLANK, HIGH FIDELITY);
Karim Ainouz, Brazil (MADAME SATA, SUELY IN THE SKY);
Kasi Lemmons, USA (EVE’S BAYOU, TALK TO ME);
Tyger Williams, USA (MENACE II SOCIETY);
U-Wei Haji Saari, Malaysia (WOMAN, WIFE AND WHORE, THE ARSONIST);
Zachary Sklar, USA (JFK, THE FEAST OF THE GOAT)

Rawi Advisors 2009

Karim Ainouz, Brazil (MADAME SATA, SUELY IN THE SKY);
Ronan Bennett, UK (PUBLIC ENEMIES);
Anthony Drazan, USA (ZEBRAHEAD, HURLYBURLY);
Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon (WEST BEIRUT, LILA SAYS);
Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt (THE GATE OF SUN, THE AQUARIUM);
Elena Soarez, Brazil (HOUSE OF SAND, ME, YOU, THEM);
Tyger Williams, USA (MENACE II SOCIETY);
Michael Almereyda, USA (HAMLET, PARADISE)

Rawi Advisors 2010

Raja Amari, Tunisia (SATIN ROUGE, BURIED SECRETS);
Jose Rivera, Puerto Rico (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES);
Bill Wheeler, USA (THE HOAX);
Suha Arraf, Palestine (THE SYRIAN BRIDE, THE LEMON TREE);
Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
Greg Harrison, USA (GROOVE);
Richard Glatzer, USA (QUINCEANERA);
Wash Westmoreland, UK (QUINCEANERA)

Rawi Advisors 2011

Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
Elena Soarez, Brazil (HOUSE OF SAND, ME, YOU, THEM);
Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon (TERRA INCOGNITA, THE LAST MAN);
Ronan Bennett, UK (PUBLIC ENEMIES);
Scandar Copti, Palestine (AJAMI);
Jeremy Pikser, USA (BULWORTH,); 
Cherien Dabis, Jordan/USA (AMREEKA)

Rawi Advisors 2012

AbdelKrim Bahloul, Algeria (THE A LA MENTHE, LE VOYAGE A ALGER);
Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
Katherine Dieckmann, USA (MOTHERHOOD, A GOOD BABY); 
Rosemarie Troche, USA (GO FISH);
Sally El Hosaini, UK (MY BROTHER THE DEVIL);
Sarah Kernochan, USA (IMPROMPTU, WHAT LIES BENEATH);
So Yong Kim, South Korea (TREELESS MOUNTAIN);
Najwa Najjar, Palestine (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, EYES OF A THIEF)

Rawi Advisors 2013

Aseel Mansour, Jordan (LINE OF SIGHT);
Jeremy Pikser, USA (BULWORTH,); 
Najwa Najjar, Palestine (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, EYES OF A THIEF);
Rosemarie Troche, USA (GO FISH);
Jérôme Boivin, France (BAXTER)

Rawi Advisors 2014

Hanna Weg, USA (SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ);
Jonathan Raymond, USA (OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY);
Michel Khleifi, Palestine (WEDDING IN GALILEE, THE TALE OF THE THREE LOST JEWELS, ZINDEEQ);
Najwa Najjar, Palestine (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, EYES OF A THIEF);
Pavel Jech, Czech Republic (GRANDHOTEL)

Rawi Advisors 2015

AbdelKrim Bahloul, Algeria (THE A LA MENTHE, LE VOYAGE A ALGER);
Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!);
Habib Faisal, India (BORN TO HATE, DESTINED TO LOVE (ISHAQAZAADE)
Nicos Panayotopoulos, Greece (THE KING);
Sharon Doyle, USA (NOBODY’S BLUES BUT MINE);
Hanna Weg, USA (SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ)

Rawi Advisors 2016

Sarah Kernochan, USA (IMPROMPTU, WHAT LIES BENEATH);
Philip Parker, UK (BACH IN BRAZIL);
Suha Arraf, Palestine (THE SYRIAN BRIDE, THE LEMON TREE);
Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan (THEEB);
James Jermanok, USA (PASSIONADA, EM);
Csaba Bollók, Hungary (ISKA’S JOURNEY);
Martin Duffy, Ireland (PANTS ON FIRE)

Rawi Advisors 2017

Karim Traïdia, Netherlands (THE POLISH BRIDE);
Csaba Bollók, Hungary (ISKA’S JOURNEY);
Kaouther Ben Hania, France (CHALLAT DE TUNIS, BEAUTY & THE DOGS);
Marco Dutra, Brazil (GOOD MANNERS, HARD LABOR);
Milo Addica, USA (MONSTER’S BALL, BIRTH);
Mohammed Hushki, Jordan (MUDON TRANSIT);
Nissar Modi, USA (Z FOR ZACHARIAH);
Philip Parker, UK (BACH IN BRAZIL)