Fawaz Al-Matrouk was born in Kuwait and grew up in Canada. His short films have played in festivals worldwide, including Cannes, Dubai, and Clermont-Ferrand, winning awards for writing, directing, and audience choice. His earliest childhood memories are as a refugee of war, when his family moved to Toronto. He completed a BA in history at University of Toronto and an MFA in cinematic arts at University of Southern California, where his thesis film TO REST IN PEACE was mentored by Ridley Scott. As a commercial director, Fawaz made over a hundred spots including two Subaru short films for Japanese television. Most recently, his screenplay MR ROB won SFFILM Rainin Grant and was invited to the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive. Fawaz continues to draw on his personal experience to explore stories on the border of culture and imagination.