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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 eighty 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:
  
  • Abu Nowar, Naji- SHAKOUSH, 2005
  • Dabis, Cherien- AMREEKA, 2005
  • El Chamaa, Sabine- THE INFINITE CORRIDOR, 2005
  • Kazkaz, Rana- GIBRAN, 2005
  • Najjar, Najwa- POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, 2005
  • Nasir, Bassem- BARBERSHOP TRINITY, 2005
  • Zoabi, Sameh- JAMES DEAN AND ME, 2005
  • Al Daradji, Mohamed- UM HUSSEIN, 2006 (later entitled: SON OF BABYLON)
  • Al Hushki, Mohammad- COLORED FEATHERS, 2006
  • Ballivian, Nicole- SLEEPING ON STONES, 2006
  • Ghaffari, Rabeah- NEYSHAPOOR, 2006
  • Malouf, Lynn & Sauma, Alain- BAGHDAD CAN WAIT, 2006
  • Ragab, Sayed- LONGING, 2006
  • Sharif Tabet, Sylvio- CHILDREN OF OEDIPUS, 2006
  • Srour, Shady- SENSE OF WILL, 2006
  • Ayouch, Hicham- SAMBA DO MAAZOUZ, 2007
  • Benmoumen, Salima- A PLACE FOR ATLAS'S FEET, 2007
  • El Habbash, Ismail- DANCING AT THE CHECKPOINT, 2007
  • Khatib, Suhad- THE BUILDING, 2007
  • Nashef, Rola- DETROIT UNLEADED, 2007
  • Zahra, Eyad- SAMMY PARADISE, 2007
  • Zeneddine, Chadi- THE LAST OF STORYTELLERS, 2007
  • Bargach, Selma- THE FIFTH STRING, 2008
  • El Hosaini, Sally- MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, 2008
  • Kashua, Sayed- LET IT BE MORNING, 2008
  • Mansour, Aseel- ABU SHANAB, 2008
  • Masri, Mai- PRISON DIARIES, 2008 (later entitled: 3000 NIGHTS or 3000 LAILA)
  • Shams, Nadine- WHEN WE ARE BORN, 2008
  • Wattad, Nizar- LAND OF THE BRAVE, 2008
  • Zayid, Maysoon- L.A.W., 2008
  • Abu Khdeir, Yacoub- SMALL VICTORIES, 2009
  • Al Mansour, Haifaa- WAJDA, 2009
  • Araj, Suha- IKSARA, 2009
  • Demange, Yann- Mounir- FATHER, 2009
  • Hamdan, Dima- MY NAME IS ALI, 2009
  • Kharsa, Kasem- SHELTER, 2009
  • Tarazi, Gilles- THE REPLACEMENT, 2009
  • El Zayyat, Mohamed- BURYING MOM, 2010
  • Eliewat, Nadia- WHERE TO LONDON, 2010
  • Khalil, Basil & Assal, Maha- A GAZA WEEKEND, 2010
  • Mardini, Mark- DRUNK, 2010
  • Najjar, Michael Malek- FAREWELL BELOVED, 2010
  • Wassef, Engi- A BEAUTIFUL GAME, 2010
  • Ambah, Faiza- A REVERENCE FOR SPIDERS, 2010
  • Bensalah, Karim- RED OLIVE TREE, 2010
  • Ainouz, Kamir- HONEY CIGAR, 2011
  • Al Massad, Mahmoud- BLESSED BENEFIT, 2011
  • Ameen, Ahmad- A FEW DAYS IN SYRIA, 2011
  • Jarbawi, Bassam- SOLITAIRE KING, 2011
  • Jarjoura, Katia- THE EYE OF THE DEVIL, 2011
  • Mouaness, Oualid- 1982, 2011
  • Tatoyan, Sona- THE FIRST FULL MOON, 2011
  • Abu Hamdan, Zaid- DAUGHTERS OF ABDUL-RAHMAN, 2012
  • Al Zubaidi, Sobhi- VIA DOLOROSA, 2012
  • Al-Salami, Khadija- I AM NUJOOD AGE 10 AND DIVORCED, 2012
  • Bendari, Sherif- TWO ROOMS & A PARLOR, 2012
  • Chouikh, Yasmine- UNTIL THE END OF TIME, 2012
  • El Amine, Rabih- TREES ALSO DIE, 2012
  • Sadoughi, Naz- CRESCENT MOON, 2012
  • Shakarchi, Mustafa– NOOR, 2012
  • Al Abdallah, Yahya- ME, MYSELF & MURDOCH, 2013
  • Charaf, Wissam & Dabaji, Hala- 3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous), 2013
  • Kodeih, Rami & Salim, Nora– SONS OF SUNDAY, 2013
  • Mosbah, Ala'a- CAIRO, EARLIER, 2013
  • Nayfeh, Ameen– 200 METERS, 2013
  • Boulghourijian, Vatche– TRAMONTANE, 2013
  • Ahmad, Roua- BAGHDAD PERFUME, 2014
  • Azzazi, Islam & Akl, Charles- KILLER OF THE SELOWA, 2014
  • Dabis, Deema– SHAKE, 2014 
  • Faddoul, Merva- THE GOLDEN CAP CLUB, 2014 
  • Hammouri, Omaima– SNOW, 2014 
  • Ibrahim, Hussein- TIDE, 2014
  • Barsaoui, Mehdi- A SON, 2015
  • Belhadj, Hassiba- THE GRAVE, 2015
  • Breche, Bass- THE MAIDEN’S POND, 2015
  • Ghandour, Bassel- THE ALLEYS, 2015
  • Hayel, Mohanad- DEATH STREET, 2015
  • Lotfy, Hala- THE BRIDGE, 2015
  • Mari, Rama- GEOGRAPHY OF SOLITUDE, 2015
  • Tarabieh, Ehab- THE TASTE OF APPLES IS RED, 2015
  • Saleh, Ahmad – THE BIRD’S WINDOW, 2016
  • Rabate, Charlotte – TOURNE CHÉRI, 2016
  • Salim, Mariam – BY THE CAVE, 2016
  • Taha, Meedo – A ROAD TO DAMASCUS, 2016
  • Joobeur, Meryam – ROMAN RUINS, 2016
  • Salib, Nadine – SHADI AND I, 2016
  • Azzeh, Samer – THE BALCONY OF PARADISE, 2016
  • Ibrahim, Yousef – YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, 2016
  • Al-Dardji, Ahmed – NADIA, 2017
  • Nassif, Christoph – CLUB 534, 2017
  • Haddad, Fadi – THE LAST SUMMER, 2017
  • Jaradat, Ghassan – EVERYDAY IS YOUR FUNERAL, 2017
  • Al-Fassi, Hanaa – THE FLOWER MEN, 2017
  • Zagha, Said, THE GIRL, 2017
  • Nass, Saleh – FIVE DAYS GRACE, 2017
  • Francis, Sarah – DEAD DOG, 2017
Rawi Creative Advisors have included: 
  • AbdelKrim Bahloul, Algeria (THE A LA MENTHE, LE VOYAGE A ALGER);
  • Andrea Arnold, UK (RED ROAD, FISH TANK);
  • Anthony Drazan, USA (ZEBRAHEAD, HURLYBURLY);
  • Antonia Bird, UK (PRIEST, CARE);
  • Aseel Mansour, Jordan (LINE OF SIGHT);
  • Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece (ATTENBERG);
  • Bernd Lichtenberg, Germany (GOODBYE LENIN!); 
  • Bill Wheeler, USA (THE HOAX);
  • Cherien Dabis, Jordan/USA (AMREEKA);
  • Craig Bolotin, USA (NO SMALL AFFAIR, LIGHT IT UP);
  • Csaba Bollók, Hungary (ISKA’S JOURNEY);
  • Dagur Kári Petursson, Iceland (NOI THE ALBINO, DARK HORSE);
  • DV DeVincentis, USA (GROSSE POINTE BLANK, HIGH FIDELITY);
  • Dylan Kidd, USA (ROGER DOGER, P.S.);
  • Elena Soarez, Brazil (HOUSE OF SAND, ME, YOU, THEM);
  • Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon (TERRA INCOGNITA, THE LAST MAN);
  • Greg Harrison, USA (GROOVE);
  • Habib Faisal, India (BORN TO HATE, DESTINED TO LOVE (ISHAQAZAADE))
  • Hanna Weg, USA (SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ);
  • Howard A Rodman, USA (JOE GOULD'S SECRET, SAVAGE GRACE);
  • James Jermanok, USA (PASSIONADA, EM);
  • Jérôme Boivin, France (BAXTER);
  • Jeremy Pikser, USA (BULWORTH,); 
  • J.F. Lawton, USA (PRETTY WOMAN, UNDER SIEGE)
  • Jocelyn Saab, Lebanon (ONCE UPON A TIME IN BEIRUT, DUNIA);
  • Jonathan Raymond, USA (OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY);
  • Jose Rivera, Puerto Rico (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES);
  • Kaouther Ben Hania, France (CHALLAT DE TUNIS, BEAUTY & THE DOGS);
  • Karim Ainouz, Brazil (MADAME SATA, SUELY IN THE SKY);
  • Karim Traïdia, Netherlands (THE POLISH BRIDE);
  • Kasi Lemmons, USA (EVE’S BAYOU, TALK TO ME);
  • Katherine Dieckmann, USA (MOTHERHOOD, A GOOD BABY);
  • Marco Dutra, Brazil (GOOD MANNERS, HARD LABOR);
  • Marianne Ahrne, Sweden (THE WALLS OF FREEDOM, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH)
  • Martin Duffy, IRELAND (PANTS ON FIRE);
  • Mary Harron, Canada (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, AMERICAN PSYCHO);
  • Michel Khleifi, Palestine (WEDDING IN GALILEE, THE TALE OF THE THREE LOST JEWELS, ZINDEEQ);
  • Michael Almereyda, USA (HAMLET, PARADISE);
  • Michael Goldenberg, USA (CONTACT, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF PHOENIX);
  • Miguel Arteta, Puerto Rico (CHUCK & BUCK, STAR MAP);
  • Milo Addica, USA (MONSTER’S BALL, BIRTH);
  • Mohammed Hushki, Jordan (MUDON TRANSIT);
  • Mo Ogrodnik, USA (DEEP POWDER);
  • Nabil Ayouch, Morocco (ALI ZAOUA, WHATEVER LOLA WANTS);
  • Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan (THEEB);
  • Najwa Najjar, Palestine (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, EYES OF A THIEF);
  • Nicos Panayotopoulos, Greece (THE KING);
  • Nissar Modi, USA (Z FOR ZACHARIAH);
  • Pavel Jech, Czech Republic (GRANDHOTEL);
  • Philip Parker, UK (BACH IN BRAZIL);
  • Raja Amari, Tunisia (SATIN ROUGE, BURIED SECRETS);
  • Reza Bagher, Iran (WINGS OF GLASS);
  • Richard Glatzer, USA (QUINCEANERA);
  • Ronan Bennett, UK (PUBLIC ENEMIES);
  • Rosemarie Troche, USA (GO FISH);
  • Scandar Copti, Palestine (AJAMI);
  • Sally El Hosaini, UK (MY BROTHER THE DEVIL);
  • Sarah Kernochan, USA (IMPROMPTU, WHAT LIES BENEATH);
  • Sharon Doyle, USA (NOBODY’S BLUES BUT MINE);
  • Shawn Slovo, UK (A WORLD APART, CATCH A FIRE);
  • So Yong Kim, South Korea (TREELESS MOUNTAIN);
  • Solveig Anspach, Iceland (BATTLE CRIES, MADE IN THE USA);
  • Srdan Golubovic Serbia (CIRCLES);
  • Steven Katz, USA (SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, WIND CHILL);
  • Suha Arraf, Palestine (THE SYRIAN BRIDE, THE LEMON TREE);
  • Susan Shilliday, USA (LEGENDS OF THE FALL, A WRINKLE IN TIME);
  • Teresa Lawton, UK (JACKSON, PIZZA MAN);
  • Tyger Williams, USA (MENACE II SOCIETY);
  • U-Wei Haji Saari, Malaysia (WOMAN, WIFE AND WHORE, THE ARSONIST);
  • Wash Westmoreland, UK (QUINCEANERA);
  • Yesim Ustaoglu, Turkey (JOURNEY TO THE SUN, PANDORA’S BOX);
  • Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt (THE GATE OF SUN, THE AQUARIUM);
  • Zachary Sklar, USA (JFK, THE FEAST OF THE GOAT);
  • Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon (WEST BEIRUT, LILA SAYS)