Iraqi Kurdish filmmaker Philip Jamal Rachid was born in 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Amsterdam. Currently, he resides in the UAE.
His love for film started because of his grandma, who worked in an arthouse cinema. Performing since a young age, he naturally took the path of a self-taught actor, who successfully played in various Dutch drama series and films.
Past years he made the switch to being a filmmaker in the Middle East, in order to tell stories that matter. Philip J. Rachid can call himself now an award-winning writer, director & consultant, who earned some stripes, but is still on his journey and keeps sharpening his skills.
With his book Film-O-Sophy, he shares 101 tips, experiences, and visions that shaped him during this part of the journey. With these tips, Philip J. Rachid aims to motivate and inspire the new generation filmmakers to keep going and to make a difference.