SCREENWRITER TAHIR SHAH is author of more than a dozen books, several documentary films and champion of what he calls "The East-West Bridge." His books have appeared in a dozen languages and are published in more than forty editions. His latest book is In Arabian Nights, which sheds light on the way Moroccan society is shaped and passed on through oral stories. Previously he authored The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca, The Middle East Bedside Book, Beyond the Devil's Teeth, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Trail of Feathers, In Search of King Solomon's Mines, and House of the Tiger King.
His films have been screened on National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, Five and The History Channel, as well as in cinemas worldwide. They include The Search for King Solomon's Mines, House of the Tiger King, Search for the Lost City of Gold and Search for the Lost Treasure of Afghanistan.
The Anglo-Afghan bestselling author was born in London, the son of the legendary Sufi writer Idries Shah, and the grandson of the savant Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Shah established a "cultural bridge" made up by those, like him, who are both from the East and the West, based on the idea that people such as he have a responsibility to "show the East to the West, and the West to the East."
In 2005, Shah and two colleagues from Caravan Film in London were arrested in Peshawar in Pakistan and held without charge in solitary confinement in a torture prison. Released after 16 days of interrogation, Shah published an article in London's Sunday Times and was interviewed by UK TV's Channel 4 News about his ordeal. The Pakistan Government agreed that they had done nothing wrong
. He lives with his wife and two children in Casablanca.
Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur