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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.


 

Rawi creative advisors have included:


Rawi
 2016
  • Abdulla, Yousef - YOU WILL DIE IN TWENTIES
  • Saleh, Ahmad - THE BIRD'S WINDOW
  • Taha, Mohamad - ROAD TO DAMASCUS
  • Nazar, Miriam - BY THE CAVE
  • Rabate, Charlotte - TORNE CHERI
  • Joobeur, Meryam - ROMAN RUINS
  • Abdelsaed, Nadine - SHADI AND I
  • Al Azzeh, Samar - THE BALCONY OF PARADISE
Rawi 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 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 2013
  • Al Abdallah, Yahya- Me, Myself & Murdoch
  • Boulghourijian, Vatche– TRAMONTANE
  • Charaf, Wissam & Dabaji, Hala- 3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous)
  • Kodeih, Rami & Salim, Nora– SONS OF SUNDAY
  • Mosbah, Ala'a- CAIRO, EARLIER
  • Nayfeh, Ameen– 200 METERS
     
Rawi 2012
  • Abu Hamdan, Zaid- DAUGHTERS OF ABDUL-RAHMAN
  • Al Zubaidi, Sobhi- VIA DOLOROSA
  • Al-Salami, Khadija- I AM NOJOOD
  • 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 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 2010
  • Ambah, Faiza- A REVERENCE FOR SPIDERS
  • Bensalah, Karim- RED OLIVE TREE
  • 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
     
Rawi 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 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)
  • Shams, Nadine- WHEN WE ARE BORN
  • Wattad, Nizar- LAND OF THE BRAVE
  • Zayid, Maysoon- L.A.W.
     
Rawi 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 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 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)