Samer Najari, son of a Syrian father and Lebanese mother, was born in Moscow in 1976. Shortly after commencing studies in architecture at the University of Damascus, he immigrated to Montreal, Canada, with his family in 1994. Since then, he has obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production from Concordia University in 2001, and completed a residency at Le Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Fresnoy in France (2001-03). During this residency Samer Najari directed two short films and conceived an Internet installation. Back in Montreal he directed BEFORE THE WIND BLOWS in 2006 which has been screened and prized internationally and SNOW HIDES THE SHADE OF FIG TREES in 2009.