Promises Films is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1996 by
Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg. The mission of Promises Films is to
produce exceptional educational media with regard to public issues, particularly
in the areas of conflict, human rights, social justice and history.
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Justine Shapiro was born in South Africa and grew up in Berkeley, California. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in History and Theatre from Tufts University, Justine spent 10 years as a travel show host for the PBS series GlobeTrekker which took her off the beaten track to over 40 countries. In 1996, Justine co-founded the non-profit production company Promises Films with B.Z. Goldberg. Justine speaks Spanish, French, English.
B.Z. Goldberg was born in Boston and grew up just outside of Jerusalem. After studying filmmaking at New York University Film School, he worked as a sound recordist and producer covering the Palestinian “Intifada” for Reuters TV, the BBC, NBC, CNN and NHK (Japanese TV). After dodging countless rocks, and inhaling much too much tear gas, B.Z. left his TV job to study alternative approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. He spent seven years as a management consultant for a variety of companies (Including Fortune 500, multi-nationals social organizations, universities, etc.) In 1995 B.Z. and Justine Shapiro founded Promises Films to produced the award winning documentary PROMISES which was released in 2001. From 2004 to 2009 BZ directed and produced a series of 170 short films (all filmed around the world on the same line of longitude) for the world’s first museum on climate change, the “Klimahaus” located in northern Germany. BZ lives and works in Jerusalem.