Hari Sama is a Mexican director, screenwriter, actor, producer and musician and he is a
founder-partener of the production company Catatonia with over 20 years of experince in
advertisment and film production. He also serves as the translator of the post-punk band
He studied the Film Director career at the Cinematographic Training Center (CCC) and composition at the Center for Research and Music Studies in Mexico City. From a young age he has been torn between the two passions: film and music.
Hari Sama has become one of the most convincing voices of the new independent cinema in Mexico. His films traverse pain and space, dark impulses and light.
Hari has chosen to work on films that are nearly always autobiographical where he explores his own experiences, putting himself in uncomfortable places where a real humanist reflection is possible. His films have participated in numerous festivals around the world and have won several awards including San Sebastian International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Biarritz Latin American Film Festival, Mar del Plata, The Montreal World Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival and Morelia International Film Festival.
His most recent film, This is not Berlin, premiered in January 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival and in movie theaters in U.S.A hand to hand with Samuel Goldwyn and on the streaming service HULU, receiving great reviews by Screen Daily, Out Magazine and many others, participated at Tribeca’s Critic’s Week, Seattle International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and won four awards at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival (Jury Special Award, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Critic’s Award). He is currently in the process of developing his sixth and first english feature film, “I’ll never get out of this world alive”, produced by H2L Productions (12 Monkeys, Saving Private Ryan), he’s also developing his first T.V. Series alongside Fábula (Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain) and Fremantle International, he just finished directing and acting in the T.V. Series “Toda la Sangre” Fremantle, Starz and Lionsgate. And as the producer of Jorge Cuchí’s first feature film 50 or Two whales meet at beach, that just had its international premiere at the Venice International Film Critic’s Week.