In 2005 the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC) launched Rawi (Storyteller), a screenplay development lab. For its first 11 years, the lab was run in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and is modeled on the Institute’s renowned Screenwriters’ Lab. Independent Arab screenwriters (Fellows) are offered the chance to develop their work in a uniquely creative environment under the guidance of internationally acclaimed screenwriters from all over the world (Creative Advisors).
Over the past ten years, Rawi supported over 72 emerging screenwriters. Completed projects by Rawi's Alumni include: "Pomegranates and Myrrh" by Najwa Najjar, "Amreeka" by Cherien Dabis, "Son of Babylon" by Mohamed Al Daradji, "The Fifth String" by Selma Bargach, "My Brother the Devil" by Sally El Hosaini, "Detroit Unleaded" by Rola Nashef, "Wajda" by Haifaa Al-Mansour and "I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced" by Khadija Al-Salami. Learn about other participants by visiting the complete list of Rawi Mentors & Participants.
Each year, at the beginning of autumn, fellows and advisors work intensively for five days on their feature narrative screenplays. Each fellow will have several one-on-one story sessions with the lab's creative advisers. The advisers’ guidance ranges from improving the fellow's technique as a screenwriter, to life lessons and practical suggestions to be explored in their next draft. Emphasis is placed on each fellow's individual voice and story.