Ehab Al Khatib – Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Karama Human Rights Film Festival

Ehab Al Khatib was born in Zarka, Jordan. He followed his studies at the Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo, from which he graduated in 1991. After graduating, Ehab worked in the field of television for documentary and media productions, and as Artistic Director for various drama series in the Arab world. Within his years of experience, he directed more than 100 hours of TV documentary series and programs.

Currently, Ehab is co-founder and worker at Ma3mal 612- Think Factory, in an initiative to develop cinema and film projects and create alternative methods for producing. In addition, Ehab is co-founder and artistic director/curator of Karama Human Rights Film Festival – Jordan, which is a project within Ma3mal 612-Think Factory.

Ehab received the Bronze Award for his short fiction film ‘’Letters of the Sea’’ at the Ismailia Film Festival, in 1992.


Sawsan Darwaza – Festival Director and Co-founder of Karama Human Rights Film Festival

Sawsan Darwaza is an award-winning theater, film director, and producer who chooses to evolve her work organically as she explores new spaces on the stage and the screen. Sawsan started her filmmaking career when she introduced audiovisual media in her theater work. The intermingling between film and theater offers her audiences new experiences, enabling her to venture into new ways of action and interaction, moving both mind and soul.

Currently, Sawsan Darwaza is co-founder and worker at Ma3mal 612-Think Factory and producer, founder & director of the “Karama Human Rights Film Festival” since 2010. In addition, she is president of the Jordan Center of the International Theater Institute, CEO at Mir’at Media Productions which merged with Ma3mal612 Productions, and chairman of Naseej Foundation – Resources for Community Youth Development in the Arab World.

Sawsan has created, directed, and reduced several screen productions. For her documentary ‘Borderlands’, she received the Award for Best Short Documentary at the International EcoFilm Festival Greece, the Award for Best Short Documentary at AMAL film festival in Santiago Spain, and Special Jury Mention at Al Jazira Documentary Festival 2008.