Rashid Masharawi was born and raised in the Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip. He is a self-taught filmmaker. After a decade of working and establishing a name as a filmmaker, Masharawi concentrated on organizing workshops to give young Palestinian filmmakers a chance to acquire knowledge in the field of cinema by working on actual productions. Thus, while his fiction features such as PALESTINE STEREO, LAILA’S BIRTHDAY, CURFEW, HAIFA and documentaries like LIVE FROM PALESTINE have received international theatrical and television distribution, awards and critical recognition, Masharawi has continued to live and produce films in Palestine. Although he considers the value of his international recognition very important in reinforcing his situation as a Palestinian filmmaker, he considers himself more as an artist and director, rather than a Palestinian partisan.