Theeb - The Financial and Creative Viability of the Jordanian Film Industry

Theeb - The Financial and Creative Viability of the Jordanian Film Industry

Multi award-winning Jordanian film production, Theeb, is a big success based on the film festivals industry. The moderator will lead an in-depth discussion will the stellar team behind Theeb, shedding light on the project's origination, the obstacles they overcame during production, how financing was secured and how film distribution was executed.


Dr. Omar Razzaz
Chairman, Jordan Ahli Bank

 Chairman, Chairman of the Jordan Strategy Forum

Dr. Omar Razzaz is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jordan Ahli Bank, and Chairman of the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF). Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), headed the International Commission for Evaluating Privatization in Jordan (2013-2014). He also led the national team responsible for preparing the National Employment Strategy for Jordan in (2011-2012). He was the Director General of Jordan’s Social Security Corporation (2006-2010). Prior to his return to Jordan, he served as Country Manager of the World Bank’s Lebanon Country Office (2002-2006). Dr. Razzaz was Assistant Professor at MIT in the International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) Program. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Planning with a minor in Economics, and a post-Doctorate from the Harvard Law School. He is a member of several boards of private and not for profit organizations. He has a number of publications in refereed journals.

 Nadine Toukan
Film Producer

Nadine is an independent producer based in Amman. She has worked on producing award-winning, narrative fiction since 2007, jump starting a revival of cinematic culture in Jordan, with features like Captain Abu Raed (2008), and When Monaliza Smiled (2012). Her latest feature film, Theeb, by Naji Abu Nowar, has recently been released theatrically across the Arab world. Prior to producing, Toukan worked on developing the capacity building division for the Royal Film Commission, where she designed programs for Arab filmmakers with Sundance Institute, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and AM Qattan Foundation.

Naji Abu Nowar
Screen writer & Director

Naji Abu Nowar began his filmmaking career when he was accepted into the 2005 RAWI Screenwriters lab held in association with the Sundance Institute, to develop his first screenplay Shakoush (Hammer). He then wrote and directed the short fiction film Death of a Boxer (2009) which screened at international film festivals including the Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and the Franco-Arab Film Festival. Theeb is Naji’s debut feature fiction film. It has played in several major International Film Festivals such as Venice, Tornoto and BFI London where it has garnered several awards. Theeb is currently being commercially distributed around the world. Naji currently lives and works in Jordan.

Bassel Ghandour
Screen writer & Producer

In 2007, Bassel started as a production assistant on a number of feature films including the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker. He later studied Cinematic Arts at the world-renowned University of Southern California, graduating in 2010.

In 2012 he started Bayt Al Shawareb, a production company in Amman, Jordan, which produce regional content. The company also provides various services for the sector such as production and post-production services, equipment rental, corporate-video and commercial production, as well as other visual media related services.

Most recently, Bassel wrote and produced the feature film Theeb, which won the Orizzonti competition’s Best Director award at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Bassel received two Best Screenwriting awards (shared with co-writer Naji Abu Nowar) for Theeb from the Miami International Film Festival and the International Film Festival, Belgrade. Theeb also participated in a number of film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The film won 13 awards in total.


Hagop Taminian
Principal, Silicon Badia

Hagop is a Principal at Silicon Badia, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies in Jordan, the Middle East, and the U.S. Hagop graduated from Harvard in 2008.

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