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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. Rawi Screenwriters Lab promises to continue this tradition 

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

We will continue unveiling the region’s exceptional talent and narratives as part of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan’s (RFC) 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- 2019:

  • Rawi Fellows 2005

Bassem Nasir – Palestine/Jordan
Barbershop Trinity 

Cherien Dabis – Jordan/Palestine
Amreeka (Trailer, IMDb)

Naji Abu Nowar – Jordan
Shakoush

Najwa Najjar – Palestine/Jordan
Pomegranates and Myrrh (Trailer, IMDb)

Rana Kazkaz – Syria 
Gibran

Sabine El Chamaa – Lebanon
The Infinite Corridor

Sameh Zoabi – Palestine
James Dean and Me

  • Rawi Fellows 2006

Mohamed Al Daradji – Iraq 
Um Hussein (Later entitled: Son of Babylon) (Trailer, IMDb)

Mohammad Al Hushki – Jordan 
Colored Feathers 

Nicole Ballivian – Palestine
Sleeping on Stones 

Rabeah Ghaffari – Iran
Neyshapoor 

Lynn Malouf & Alain Sauma – Lebanon 
Baghdad Can Wait 

Sayed Ragab – Egypt
Longing 

Sylvio Sharif Tabet – Lebanon
Children of Oedipus 

Shady Srour – Palestine 
Sense of Will

  • Rawi Fellows 2007

Eyad Zahra – Syria 
Sammy Paradise 

Hicham Ayouch – Morocco 
Samba Do Maazouz

Ismail El Habbash – Palestine 
Dancing at the Checkpoint

Rola Nashef – Lebanon
Detroit Unleaded (Trailer, IMDb)

Salima Benmoumen – Morocco 
A Place for Atlas’s Feet

Suhad Khatib – Jordan
The Building 

  • Rawi Fellows 2008

Aseel Mansour – Jordan
Abu Shanab

Mai Masri – Palestine 
Prison Diaries (Later Entitled: 3000 Nights) (Trailer, IMDb

Maysoon Zayid – Palestine
L.A.W

Nadine Shams – Egypt
When We Are Born

Nizar Wattad – Palestine
Land of the Brave 

Sally El Hosaini – Egypt
My Brother the Devil (Trailer, IMDb

Sayed Kahua – Palestine
Let it Be Morning 

Selma Bargach – Morocco 
The Fifth String (Trailer, IMDb)

  • Rawi Fellows 2009

Dima Hamdan – Jordan
My Name is Ali 

Gilles Tarazi – Lebanon 
The Replacement 

Haifaa Al Mansour – KSA
Wadjda (Trailer, IMDb)

Kasem Kharsa – Egypt
Shelter

Suha Araj – Palestine 
Iksara

Yacoub Abu Khdeir – Palestine 
Small Victories 

Yann – Mounir Demange – Algeria 
Father 

  • Rawi Fellows 2010

Basil Khalil & Maha Assal – Palestine
A Gaza Weekend

Engi Wassef – Egypt
A Beautiful Game 

Faiza Ambah – KSA
A Reverence for Spiders 

Karim Bensalah – Algeria 
Red Olive Tree

Mark Mardini – Palestine
Drunk 

Michael Najjar – Lebanon 
Farewell Beloved 

Mohamed El Zayyat – Egypt 
Burying Mom 

Nadia Eliewat – Jordan
Where to London 

  • Rawi Fellows 2011

Ahmad Ameen –  Jordan 
A Few Days in Syria 

Bassam Jarbawi – Palestine
Solitaire King 

Kamir Ainouz – Algeria 
Honey Cigar

Katia Jarjoura- Lebanon 
The Eye of the Devil

Mahmoud Al Massad – Jordan 
Blessed Benefit (Trailer, IMDb)

Oualid Mouaness – Lebanon 
1982 (IMDb)

Sona Tatoyan – Syria 
The First Full Moon 

  • Rawi Fellows 2012

Khadija Al-Salami – Yemen
I Am Nojoom Age 10 and Divorced (Trailer, IMDb)

Naz Sadoughi – Iran 
Crescent Moon

Rabih El Amine – Lebanon 
Trees Also Die 

Sherif Bendari – Egypt 
Two Rooms & A Parlor 

Sobhi Al Zubaidi – Palestine 
Via Dolorosa

Yasmine Chouikh – Algeria 
Until the End of Time (Trailer, IMDb)

Zaid Abu Hamdan – Jordan 
Daughters of Abdul - Rahman

Mustafa Shakarchi – Iraq
Noor 

  • Rawi Fellows 2013

Ala’a Mosbah – Egypt 
Cairo, Earlier 

Ameen Nayef – Palestine 
200 Meters 

Rami Kodeih & Nora Salim – Lebanon 
Sons of Sunday 

Vatche Boulghourijian – Lebanon 
Tramontane (Trailer, IMDb

Wissam Charaf & Hala Dabaji – Lebanon 
3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous)

Yahya Al Abdullah – Jordan 
Me, Myself & Murdoch

  • Rawi Fellows 2014

Deema Dabis – Jordan 
Shake

Hussein Ibrahim – Lebanon 
Tide

Islam Azzazi – Egypt
Killer of the Selowa 

Merva Faddoul – Lebanon
The Golden Cap Club 

Omaima Hammouri – Palestine 
Snow

Roua Ahmed – Iraq
Baghdad Perfume 

  • Rawi Fellows 2015

Bass Breche – Lebanon 
The Maiden’s Pond

Bassel Ghandour – Jordan
The Alleys 

Ehab Tarabieh – Syria
The Taste of Apples is Red

Hala Lotfy – Egypt 
The Bridge 

Hassiba Belhadj – Algeria 
The Grave 

Mehdi Barsaoui – Tunisia 
A Son (IMDb)

Mohanad Hayel – Iraq
Death Street 

Rama Mari – Palestine 
Geography of Solitude 

  • Rawi Fellows 2016

Ahmad Saleh – Jordan 
The Birds Window

Charlottee Rabate – Syria 
Tourne Cheri 

Mariam Salim – Iraq 
By the Cave 

Meedo Taha – Lebanon 
A Road to Damascus 

Meryam Joobeur – Tunisia 
Roman Ruins 

Nadine Salib –  Egypt 
Shadi and I 

Samer Azzeh – Jordan 
The Balcony of Paradise 

Yousef Ibrahim – Sudan 
You Will Die at Twenty (Trailer, IMDb)

  • Rawi Fellows 2017

Ahmed Al-Daradji – Iraq 
Nadia 

Christoph Nassif – Lebanon 
Club 534 

Fadi Haddad – Jordan 
The Last Summer 

Ghassan Jaradat – Jordan
Every day is your Funeral 

Hanaa Al-Fassi – KSA
The Flower Men

Said Zagha – Palestine 
The Girl 

Saleh Nass – Bahrain 
Five Days Grace

Sarah Francis – Lebanon 
Dead Dog 

  • Rawi Fellows 2018

Ala’a Al-Qaisi – Jordan 
Sharaf 

Darine Hotait – Lebanon 
Like Salt 

Haitham Dabbour – Egypt 
Alive

Ismahane Lahmar – Tunisia 
I’ll Go to Hell 

Laila Abbas – Palestine 
Barzakh

Mohannad Abu Rizk – Jordan 
Ne’meh 

Shaker Tahrer – Iraq
Ibraham’s Journey 

Thagrid Abdelmaksoud – Egypt
Not Snow White  

Zaina Deeb – Jordan 
Stoning the Jasmine 

  • Rawi Fellows 2019

Bashayer Abdulaziz & Mohammad Alholayyil – KSA 
40 Days & One Night 

Chamoun Issa – Lebanon 
Bulletproof 

Feyrouz Serhal – Lebanon 
I Am Here but You Can’t See Me 

Hicham Amal – Morocco 
Madness

Karim Ariqat & Mohammad Al-Nablsea – Jordan 
Five Thieves 

May Al-Ghouti – Jordan 
Landslide 

Mohammad Al-Sharif – Kuwait/Palestine 
Abu Bassam