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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. Rawi Screenwriters Lab promises to continue this tradition

This formula has proven successful over the years: since Rawi was founded in 2005, more than one hundred projects have passed through the program with commendable results.

We will continue unveiling the region’s exceptional talent and narratives as part of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan’s (RFC) 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- 2019:

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2019

Bashayer Abdulaziz & Mohammad Alholayyil – KSA
40 Days & One Night

Chamoun Issa – Lebanon
Bulletproof

Feyrouz Serhal – Lebanon
I Am Here but You Can’t See Me

Hicham Amal – Morocco
Madness

Karim Ariqat & Mohammad Al-Nablsea – Jordan
Five Thieves

May Al-Ghouti – Jordan
Landslide

Mohammad Al-Sharif – Kuwait/Palestine
Abu Bassam

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2018

Ala’a Al-Qaisi – Jordan
Sharaf

Darine Hotait – Lebanon
Like Salt

Haitham Dabbour – Egypt
Alive

Ismahane Lahmar – Tunisia
I’ll Go to Hell

Laila Abbas – Palestine
Barzakh

Mohannad Abu Rizk – Jordan
Ne’meh

Shaker Tahrer – Iraq
Ibraham’s Journey

Thagrid Abdelmaksoud – Egypt
Not Snow White

Zaina Deeb – Jordan
Stoning the Jasmine

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2017

Ahmed Al-Daradji – Iraq
Nadia

Christoph Nassif – Lebanon
Club 534

Fadi Haddad – Jordan
The Last Summer

Ghassan Jaradat – Jordan
Every day is your Funeral

Hanaa Al-Fassi – KSA
The Flower Men

Said Zagha – Palestine
The Girl

Saleh Nass – Bahrain
Five Days Grace

Sarah Francis – Lebanon
Dead Dog

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2016

Ahmad Saleh – Jordan
The Birds Window

Charlottee Rabate – Syria
Tourne Cheri

Mariam Salim – Iraq
By the Cave

Meedo Taha – Lebanon
A Road to Damascus

Meryam Joobeur – Tunisia
Roman Ruins

Nadine Salib – Egypt
Shadi and I

Samer Azzeh – Jordan
The Balcony of Paradise

Yousef Ibrahim – Sudan
You Will Die at Twenty (Trailer, IMDb)

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2015

Bass Breche – Lebanon
The Maiden’s Pond

Bassel Ghandour – Jordan
The Alleys

Ehab Tarabieh – Syria
The Taste of Apples is Red

Hala Lotfy – Egypt
The Bridge

Hassiba Belhadj – Algeria
The Grave

Mehdi Barsaoui – Tunisia
A Son (IMDb)

Mohanad Hayel – Iraq
Death Street

Rama Mari – Palestine
Geography of Solitude

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2014

Deema Dabis – Jordan
Shake

Hussein Ibrahim – Lebanon
Tide

Islam Azzazi – Egypt
Killer of the Selowa

Merva Faddoul – Lebanon
The Golden Cap Club

Omaima Hammouri – Palestine
Snow

Roua Ahmed – Iraq
Baghdad Perfume

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2013

Ala’a Mosbah – Egypt
Cairo, Earlier

Ameen Nayef – Palestine
200 Meters

Rami Kodeih & Nora Salim – Lebanon
Sons of Sunday

Vatche Boulghourijian – Lebanon
Tramontane (Trailer, IMDb)

Wissam Charaf & Hala Dabaji – Lebanon
3D (Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous)

Yahya Al Abdullah – Jordan
Me, Myself & Murdoch

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2012

Khadija Al-Salami – Yemen
I Am Nojoom Age 10 and Divorced (Trailer, IMDb)

Naz Sadoughi – Iran
Crescent Moon

Rabih El Amine – Lebanon
Trees Also Die

Sherif Bendari – Egypt
Two Rooms & A Parlor

Sobhi Al Zubaidi – Palestine
Via Dolorosa

Yasmine Chouikh – Algeria
Until the End of Time (Trailer, IMDb)

Zaid Abu Hamdan – Jordan
Daughters of Abdul - Rahman

Mustafa Shakarchi – Iraq
Noor

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2011

Ahmad Ameen – Jordan
A Few Days in Syria

Bassam Jarbawi – Palestine
Solitaire King

Kamir Ainouz – Algeria
Honey Cigar

Katia Jarjoura- Lebanon
The Eye of the Devil

Mahmoud Al Massad – Jordan
Blessed Benefit (Trailer, IMDb)

Oualid Mouaness – Lebanon
1982 (IMDb)

Sona Tatoyan – Syria
The First Full Moon

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2010

Basil Khalil & Maha Assal – Palestine
A Gaza Weekend

Engi Wassef – Egypt
A Beautiful Game

Faiza Ambah – KSA
A Reverence for Spiders

Karim Bensalah – Algeria
Red Olive Tree

Mark Mardini – Palestine
Drunk

Michael Najjar – Lebanon
Farewell Beloved

Mohamed El Zayyat – Egypt
Burying Mom

Nadia Eliewat – Jordan
Where to London

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2009

Dima Hamdan – Jordan
My Name is Ali

Gilles Tarazi – Lebanon
The Replacement

Haifaa Al Mansour – KSA
Wadjda (Trailer, IMDb)

Kasem Kharsa – Egypt
Shelter

Suha Araj – Palestine
Iksara

Yacoub Abu Khdeir – Palestine
Small Victories

Yann – Mounir Demange – Algeria
Father

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2008

Aseel Mansour – Jordan
Abu Shanab

Mai Masri – Palestine
Prison Diaries (Later Entitled: 3000 Nights) (Trailer, IMDb)

Maysoon Zayid – Palestine
L.A.W

Nadine Shams – Egypt
When We Are Born

Nizar Wattad – Palestine
Land of the Brave

Sally El Hosaini – Egypt
My Brother the Devil (Trailer, IMDb)

Sayed Kahua – Palestine
Let it Be Morning

Selma Bargach – Morocco
The Fifth String (Trailer, IMDb)

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2007

Eyad Zahra – Syria
Sammy Paradise

Hicham Ayouch – Morocco
Samba Do Maazouz

Ismail El Habbash – Palestine
Dancing at the Checkpoint

Rola Nashef – Lebanon
Detroit Unleaded (Trailer, IMDb)

Salima Benmoumen – Morocco
A Place for Atlas’s Feet

Suhad Khatib – Jordan
The Building

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2006

Mohamed Al Daradji – Iraq
Um Hussein (Later entitled: Son of Babylon) (Trailer, IMDb)

Mohammad Al Hushki – Jordan
Colored Feathers

Nicole Ballivian – Palestine
Sleeping on Stones

Rabeah Ghaffari – Iran
Neyshapoor

Lynn Malouf & Alain Sauma – Lebanon
Baghdad Can Wait

Sayed Ragab – Egypt
Longing

Sylvio Sharif Tabet – Lebanon
Children of Oedipus

Shady Srour – Palestine
Sense of Will

 

  • Rawi Fellows 2005

Bassem Nasir – Palestine/Jordan
Barbershop Trinity

Cherien Dabis – Jordan/Palestine
Amreeka (Trailer, IMDb)

Naji Abu Nowar – Jordan
Shakoush

Najwa Najjar – Palestine/Jordan
Pomegranates and Myrrh (Trailer, IMDb)

Rana Kazkaz – Syria
Gibran

Sabine El Chamaa – Lebanon
The Infinite Corridor

Sameh Zoabi – Palestine
James Dean and Me