Building bridges based on the belief that film becomes art only when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil & paper. Cine Pobre Film Festival is the 100% cartel-free intersection of culture and capabilities.
worked his way up from the bottom rungs of the UK media industry via national broadcasters ITV and BBC, and onto film sets before becoming a video paparazzo (which didn’t go well…) then a documentary filmmaker and author (which went much better!).
As a creator, he has been deeply influenced by his multicultural upbringing in North London. With a missing Indonesian-Muslim father, he was raised by his single mum, Swedish-Jewish grandma and Bengali-Indian grandpa. He is inspired by themes of cultural identity, migration and movement as well as aspects of the urban environment while forever championing creativity and social change through his work and ideas.
For the past 10 years Shaz has split his time between Europe and Asia directing commercials and and award-winning documentaries, including SOKA AFRIKA which won best picture at the Kicking & Screening Festival in New York and was shortlisted for Best Documentary at the One World Media Awards.
His work has also appeared on TV, in cinemas, museums and galleries worldwide while he has been featured in Bloomberg, Complex, the Economist, the Guardian and Wired, amongst others.
Shaz, along with his long-term creative partner Ryo Sanada, is a best-selling author of the STICKERBOMB book series which has become a cult platform for urban artists to publish their work as peelable stickers.
The pair have sold nearly 250,000 copies globally in addition to other titles including RACKGAKI and GRAFFITI ASIA.
Building bridges based on the belief that film becomes art only when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil & paper
Cine Pobre is the 100% cartel-free intersection of
culture and capabilities
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