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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 honest 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.

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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 Munoz, Mexican filmmaker, then her husband.

Currently, she is producing and directing a feature-length documentary entitled "My Summer in Tehran" (formerly "Global Moms"). The film, which will be released in early 2010, takes Justine and her then six year-old son Mateo to Tehran, the capital of Iran. There, the mother and son spend a summer getting to know three Iranian families from very different backgrounds: a modern, secular family; a single mom raising a boy Mateo's age; and a traditional, religious family. With 1 month left on her visa, Justine is suddenly given 48 hours to leave the country. The film shows that, in Iran, everyday life is never separate from ever-watchful eye of the government.

Personal

Justine is a survivor of the World Airways Flight 30 airplane crash at Boston's Logan Airport on January 23, 1982.

Shapiro currently resides in Berkeley, California, United States with her young son, Xaiver [1].

During an October 2006 broadcast of the Globe Trekker Venice City Guide episode, Shapiro revealed that she went to Tufts University with Oliver Platt, who recognized her in the crowd, while she was covering the Venice Film Festival, where Platt was promoting Casanova.

Justine revealed during the Globe Trekker episode, Israel and the Sinai Desert, that she was a follower of Judaism.

In her lead up to a Globe Trekker visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp she stated "Like many Jewish Americans, I have Polish roots. And the Auschwitz concentration camp was where many of my relatives died during World War II." [2]


At the end of a 2005 broadcast where Shapiro travelled South Africa, Shapiro pointed out that her family used to live in South Africa and the family moved away when she was three years old. In Soweto, she visited the nanny that she had as a child.[3] Justin Shapiro traveled to Iran to make the movie " Global Moms". She stayed in Iran for half of the summer and befriended 3 families. But half way down her documentary she has received a phone call that she has to leave Iran within 48 hours.

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  1. ^ [verify spelling]
  2. ^ http://www.pilotguides.com/tv_shows/globe_trekker/shows/specials/world-war2.php
  3. ^ Globe Trekker TV Shows: South Africa 2, Pilot TV Shows, 2007.
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