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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Arab Films, with Jordanian Support, Forging their Way to Major International Festivals


Amman, 28 August 2019

The Jordanian “Give Up the Ghost” by Zain Duraie is competing in the Orizzonti section for short films. The film talks about “Salam” and her dream of becoming a mother. It is worth mentioning that the film received the production grant for short films from the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) in 2018. JFF was launched by the RFC to enable filmmakers to tell their stories and develop the independent film industry and contribute to its sustainability, especially in Jordan. JFF has grants for feature-length narratives and documentaries in the phases of development, production or post-production, as well as for short films and TV series development.

Commenting on the selection of her film in Venice, Duraie said: “I am so happy and proud that the world premiere will be at Venice International Film Festival, one of the most important and prestigious in the world.  It is the third time a Jordanian film gets selected, after the feature-length narrative “Theeb” by Naji Abu Nuwar and the short “in Extra Time” by Rami Yasin.”

Seven Arab films are participating the 76th edition of Venice International Film Festival, starting today until the 7th of September.

The Tunisian film “Bik Eneich” by the writer and director Mehdi M. Barsaoui is competing in the Orizzonti section. The Sudanese film “You Will Die at 20”, which is the first feature-length for the director Amjad Abu Alaa and was written by the screenwriter Yousef Ibraheem, will have its world premiere in Venice Days.

Barsaoui and Ibraheem worked on developing their scripts at RAWI Screenwriters Lab, an annual workshop organized by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) and which gives Arab writers an opportunity to develop their scripts under the supervision of well-known and professional advisors from all over the world. Barsaoui participated in Rawi 2015 and Ibraheem in 2016.

On another note, the Lebanese narrative “1982” by Oualid Mouaness will be competing at Toronto International Film Festival in its upcoming edition (5 – 15 September 2019). Starring the actress and director Nadine Labaki, “1982” is the debut film of Mouaness, who developed its script at “RAWI Screenwriters Lab” in 2011 in Jordan.

For more information, please call: Royal Film Commission, Nada Doumani, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext: 17