Shiar Abdi was born in 1973 in Zamar/Iraq. Raised in Syria, he left his home at the age of 20 and went to the Netherlands. In 2005 he moved to Germany to study Film. His shorts have been screened at numerous international festivals. His films include: the shorts MISTEK AX (2006), SARA (2007), JAN DEUTSCH (documentary, 2008), THE SURPRISE (2008) and his feature debut MESH (WALKING) (2011).