Samir is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. He was born in 1955 in Baghdad, Iraq, and migrated with his family to Switzerland in the 60s. After studying at the School of Arts in Zurich, he apprenticed as a typographer. In the late 70s, he trained as a cameraman. In 1982, he began work as a freelance author and director. Today Samir is well known for his unique fiction, documentary and experimental films, whose innovative character drew attention at various festivals and won numerous awards. His work to this day encompasses more than 40 short and full-length feature films for cinema and television. In the 90s he also worked as a director for national and international broadcasters. In 1994 he took over Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion with filmmaker Werner Schweizer and producer Karin Koch. Based in Zurich, it builds up new Swiss film talents. Beside his own projects as an independent producer and director, he is also known for directing theatre plays and works in the field of visual arts.