Nawaf Al Janahi

Nawaf Al Janahi

Actor, Director and Screenwriter

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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September 2011
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About Nawaf

Nawaf Al Janahi is an actor and a film director who was born in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 7 February 1977 to an Egyptian mother and an Emirati father. He started acting at 7, and at the age of 19 he moved to California (USA) to study the arts of cinema.

His first feature length film "The Circle" was described by film critics as "a major turning point in Emirati and Gulf cinema". Al Janahi's second feature film "Sea Shadow" was released in cinemas across the Arabian Gulf in 2011 and reached in the 1st week the 2nd place in the top 5 movies in UAE, the biggest cinema market in the Arab world. Later, the film went on a global tour to 27 countries, the most remarkable tour for an Emirati feature film to date.

Beside making films, Nawaf Al Janahi is also the founder of a number of initiatives such as the Emirati Cinema Campaign, Black Box Cinema, and Cineolio.



  • Somewhere in Time - Golden Palm Award for Khaleeji Narrative Short Film / Saudi Film Festival (KSA)

  • Before We Forget - Golden Palm Award for Best Actor / Saudi Film Festival (KSA)

  • Somewhere in Time - Jury Award / Al Dhakhiliyah International Film Festival (Oman)

  • Sea Shadow - Best Actress Award / Gulf Corporation Council Film Festival (Kuwait)

  • Sea Shadow - Best Film Award / Al-Owais Creative Award (UAE)

  • Sea Shadow - Best Ascension Award / Oran Arab Film Festival (Algeria)

  • Muhr Emirati Award: Most Promising Emirati Male Filmmaker / Dubai International Film Festival (UAE)

  • Mirrors of Silence - Second Prize for Best Film / MuslimFest Film Festival (Canada)

  • Souls - Special Mention / Emirates Film Competition (UAE)

  • On a Road - Special Jury Prize / Emirates Film Competition (UAE)

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