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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- 2014:
 
  • Abu Hamdan, Zaid- DAUGHTERS OF ABDUL-RAHMAN, 2012
  • Abu Khdeir, Yacoub- SMALL VICTORIES, 2009
  • Abu Nowar, Naji- SHAKOUSH, 2005
  • Ahmad, Roua- BAGHDAD PERFUME, 2014
  • Ainouz, Kamir- HONEY CIGAR, 2011
  • Al Abdallah, Yahya- Me, Myself & Murdoch, 2013
  • Al Daradji, Mohamed- UM HUSSEIN, 2006 (later entitled: SON OF BABYLON)
  • Al Hushki, Mohammad- COLORED FEATHERS, 2006
  • Al Mansour, Haifaa- WAJDA, 2009
  • Al Massad, Mahmoud- BLESSED BENEFIT, 2011
  • Al Zubaidi, Sobhi- VIA DOLOROSA, 2012
  • Al-Salami, Khadija- I AM NOJOOD, 2012
  • Ambah, Faiza- A REVERENCE FOR SPIDERS, 2010
  • Ameen, Ahmad- A FEW DAYS IN SYRIA, 2011
  • Araj, Suha- IKSARA, 2009
  • Ayouch, Hicham- SAMBA DO MAAZOUZ, 2007
  • Azzazi, Islam & Akl, Charles- KILLER OF THE SELOWA, 2014
  • Ballivian, Nicole- SLEEPING ON STONES, 2006
  • Bargach, Selma- THE FIFTH STRING, 2008
  • Barsaoui, Mehdi- A SON, 2015
  • Belhadj, Hassiba- THE GRAVE, 2015
  • Bendari, Sherif- TWO ROOMS & A PARLOR, 2012
  • Benmoumen, Salima- A PLACE FOR ATLAS'S FEET, 2007
  • Bensalah, Karim- RED OLIVE TREE, 2010
  • Boulghourijian, Vatche– TRAMONTANE, 2013
  • Breche, Bass- THE MAIDEN’S POND, 2015
  • Charaf, Wissam & Dabaji, Hala- 3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous), 2013
  • Chouikh, Yasmine- UNTIL THE END OF TIME, 2012
  • Dabis, Cherien- AMREEKA, 2005
  • Dabis, Deema– SHAKE, 2014
  • Demange, Yann- Mounir- FATHER, 2009
  • El Amine, Rabih- TREES ALSO DIE, 2012
  • El Chamaa, Sabine- THE INFINITE CORRIDOR, 2005
  • El Habbash, Ismail- DANCING AT THE CHECKPOINT, 2007
  • El Hosaini, Sally- MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, 2008
  • El Zayyat, Mohamed- BURYING MOM, 2010
  • Eliewat, Nadia- WHERE TO LONDON, 2010
  • Faddoul, Merva- THE GOLDEN CAP CLUB, 2014
  • Ghaffari, Rabeah- NEYSHAPOOR, 2006
  • Ghandour, Bassel- THE ALLEYS, 2015
  • Hamdan, Dima- MY NAME IS ALI, 2009
  • Hammouri, Omaima– SNOW, 2014
  • Hayel, Mohanad- DEATH STREET, 2015
  • Ibrahim, Hussein- TIDE, 2014
  • Jarbawi, Bassam- SOLITAIRE KING, 2011
  • Jarjoura, Katia- THE EYE OF THE DEVIL, 2011
  • Kashua, Sayed- LET IT BE MORNING, 2008
  • Kazkaz, Rana- GIBRAN, 2005
  • Khalil, Basil & Assal, Maha- A GAZA WEEKEND, 2010
  • Kharsa, Kasem- SHELTER, 2009
  • Khatib, Suhad- THE BUILDING, 2007
  • Kodeih, Rami & Salim, Nora– SONS OF SUNDAY, 2013
  • Lotfy, Hala- THE BRIDGE, 2015
  • Malouf, Lynn & Sauma, Alain- BAGHDAD CAN WAIT, 2006
  • Mansour, Aseel- ABU SHANAB, 2008
  • Mardini, Mark- DRUNK, 2010
  • Mari, Rama- GEOGRAPHY OF SOLITUDE, 2015
  • Masri, Mai- PRISON DIARIES, 2008
  • Mosbah, Ala'a- CAIRO, EARLIER, 2013
  • Mouaness, Oualid- 1982, 2011
  • Najjar, Michael Malek- FAREWELL BELOVED, 2010
  • Najjar, Najwa- POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, 2005
  • Nashef, Rola- DETROIT UNLEADED, 2007
  • Nasir, Bassem- BARBERSHOP TRINITY, 2005
  • Nayfeh, Ameen– 200 METERS, 2013
  • Ragab, Sayed- LONGING, 2006
  • Sadoughi, Naz- CRESCENT MOON, 2012
  • Shakarchi, Mustafa– NOOR, 2012
  • Shams, Nadine- WHEN WE ARE BORN, 2008
  • Sharif Tabet, Sylvio- CHILDREN OF OEDIPUS, 2006
  • Srour, Shady- SENSE OF WILL, 2006
  • Tarabieh, Ehab- THE TASTE OF APPLES IS RED, 2015
  • Tarazi, Gilles- THE REPLACEMENT, 2009
  • Tatoyan, Sona- THE FIRST FULL MOON, 2011
  • Wassef, Engi- A BEAUTIFUL GAME, 2010
  • Wattad, Nizar- LAND OF THE BRAVE, 2008
  • Zahra, Eyad- SAMMY PARADISE, 2007
  • Zayid, Maysoon- L.A.W., 2008
  • Zeneddine, Chadi- THE LAST OF STORYTELLERS, 2007
  • Zoabi, Sameh- JAMES DEAN AND ME, 2005

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);
  • 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);
  • Jeremy Pikser, USA (BULWORTH);
  • Jérôme Boivin, France (BAXTER);
  • 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);
  • Karim Ainouz, Brazil (MADAME SATA, SUELY IN THE SKY);
  • Kasi Lemmons, USA (EVE’S BAYOU, TALK TO ME);
  • Katherine Dieckmann, USA (MOTHERHOOD, A GOOD BABY);
  • 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);
  • Mo Ogrodnik, USA (DEEP POWDER);
  • Nabil Ayouch, Morocco (ALI ZAOUA, WHATEVER LOLA WANTS);
  • Najwa Najjar, Palestine (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH, EYES OF A THIEF);
  • Nicos Panayotopoulos, Greece (THE KING);
  • Pavel Jech, Czech Republic (GRANDHOTEL);
  • Raja Amari, Tunisia (SATIN ROUGE, BURIED SECRETS);
  • Richard Glatzer, USA (QUINCEANERA);
  • Ronan Bennett, UK (PUBLIC ENEMIES);
  • Rosemarie Troche, USA (GO FISH);
  • Sally El Hosaini, UK (MY BROTHER THE DEVIL);
  • Sarah Kernochan, USA (IMPROMPTU, WHAT LIES BENEATH);
  • Scandar Copti, Palestine (AJAMI);
  • Sharon Doyle, U.S.A. (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);
  • 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).