Bassam Jarbawi began working as a photographer during the second Palestinian Intifada. His photographs produced several exhibits and his first documentary Frequency (2004). Jarbawi completed his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at Macalester College, and earned his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York. His short film Roos Djaj (Chicken Heads) premiered at New York Film Festival, screened at Sundance Film Festival and won Best Film at the Columbia University Film Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, and Dubai International Film Festival, to name a few. Post graduation, Bassam worked in digital distribution in New York. His first feature, Screwdriver (Mafak) was part of the Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab (2011), Dubai Film Connection through the support of Rawi and the Sundance Institute.