Justine Shapiro

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Justine Shapiro (born March 20, 1963 in South Africa) is one of several main hosts of the Pilot Productions travel/adventure series Globe Trekker (also called Pilot Guides in Canada and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet). Shapiro is known for her commentary and critique of countries visited. She has hosted more than 30 episodes of Globe Trekker, including features on Argentina, France, South Africa, Belize, Turkey, Mexico City, Venice, Malaysia, South India, China, Benin, Burkina Faso, Poland, Czech Republic, California, Germany and Mali.

Television and film career

Before hosting Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides, Shapiro appeared in various roles in film and television. Eventually, she was involved in several documentaries including co-production/direction duties on 2001's Promises, which was nominated for best Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards. Promises was a cooperative project between B.Z. Goldberg, Shapiro and Carlos Bolado Muñoz, Mexican filmmaker, then her husband.

She recently produced and directed a feature-length documentary entitled Our Summer in Tehran, which will broadcast on public television in April and May 2011. The film follows Justine, a Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker, as she takes her 6-year-old son Mateo with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with three families: a religious family from the Revolutionary Guards; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. The...
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