Fawaz Al-Matrouk is a Kuwaiti writer-director based in San Francisco. His short films have played in festivals worldwide, including Cannes, Dubai, and Clermont-Ferrand, winning awards for writing, directing, and audience choice. His earliest memories are as a refugee of war, when his family escaped the armies of Saddam Hussein. Fawaz completed a BA in history at the University of Toronto, where he studied Arab-Western relations, and an MFA in cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, where his thesis film TO REST IN PEACE was mentored by Ridley Scott. Now he directs commercials, including Subaru spots for Japanese TV, and writes short fiction, published in Nature and LeapsMag. Most recently, his feature screenplay MR ROB won the SFFILM Rainin Grant and took part in the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive. Fawaz continues to draw on his unique perspective to explore stories of people trying to do a bit of right in a world of wrong.