Hari Sama

Hari Sama is a Mexican director, screenwriter, actor, producer and musician. He studied Film Direction at Mexico’s Cinematographic Training Center (CCC) as well as Composition at the Center for Research and Music Studies in Mexico City. From a very young age he was torn between these two passions: film and music. Since the release of his second feature film, The Dream of Lu, Hari has become one of the most convincing voices in new independent cinema in Mexico. His films have a clear humanist tendency, characterized by their great depth, and seek spaces for personal transfiguration despite their portrayal of deeply painful realities. His musical knowledge and dominance of audio production have led him to create important links between music and cinema in his films. They have received noteworthy reactions at the world’s most important festivals, including San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival, TriBeCa, BFI London, Shanghai International Film Festival, Biarritz Latin American Film Festival, the Malaga Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, the Montreal World Film Festival, the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Morelia International Film Festival, to name just a few. His new film, This is not Berlin, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival with great reviews from the LA Times, Variety, Screen Daily, Out Magazine and many others. It participated in TriBeCa’s Critic’s Week, BFI London, and dozens of other film festivals all over the world, receiving four awards at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival. He is currently developing his sixth feature film, Ballast.