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 Bashar Shbib  (1959 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Quebec / Canada      Known for: filmaking, abstract painting

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Biography from a third party submitted on 04/26/2008:
Bashar Shbib (Bachar Chbib) is a film director and producer, writer, editor, actor and painter.  He has never stopped making films since 1982.  The Montreal and Los Angeles based filmmaker has over 40 feature films and 10 short subjects to his credit. He is now producing two television series and documentaries.

Shbib was born in Damascus, Lebanon in 1959 to a German mother and a Syrian father and emigrated to Canada with his family at a very early age.  Having spent his youth living and working with his family on a Charolais beef ranch in the Eastern Townships (Quebec), he intended to pursue a career in science.  However, after graduating from Montreal's McGill University with a degree in Microbiology and Immunology, he changed his plans and attended Montreal's Concordia University and earned his degree in Film Production.

Never one to shy away from controversy and prone, in fact, to stirring it up, Shbib organized a tour in 1986 of ten independent Canadian feature films and ten short films and travelled with them to 60 cities throughout the United States and Europe when he felt that independent Canadian filmmakers were not being given their due. He also organized demonstrations and once even stripped at the Toronto Film Festival to protest the lack of funding for independent filmmakers.  Finally, frustrated by the bureaucracy involved in making a film in his homeland, Shbib headed for the sunnier shores of the American west coast where he begun making films in his own inimitable style.  After 9/11 his travels were hampered by constant searches at airports, so he moved to Stanstead (QC) close to his childhood farm.  There he opened a film training program and has pursued his doctoral dissertation as a candidate at McGill University. 

Shbib has been a painter of abstract art since 1974 and is currently preparing for a gallery show in Quebec.

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