Born in Boston, B.Z. Goldberg grew up just outside of Jerusalem. He returned to the United States to study filmmaking at New York University. In 1987, during the first Intifada, Goldberg returned to Israel as a producer and soundman for several international news organizations, including Reuters and the BBC. From 1992 to 1998 Goldberg worked internationally as a consultant in conflict resolution. Promises is his first feature-length film.
Justine Shapiro was born in South Africa and grew up in Berkeley, California. She has been hosting and co-writing the award-winning adventure-travel series, Lonely Planet, since its inception in 1994. The series is broadcast to a global audience of 35 million (Discovery Channel, Channel 4 UK, etc.). She was an actress for 15 years in theater, film and television. Traveling the world with Lonely Planet inspired Justine to turn to non-fiction filmmaking.Promises is her first feature-length film.
Carlos Bolado's debut 1999 feature, Bajo Califoria, has played and earned awards at film festivals worldwide. Bolado has also been widely recognized for his work as an editor on such films as Like Water for Chocolate and Like a Bride. A native of Mexico, Bolado studied sociology at the National University, and cinema at the University for Film Studies, in Mexico City.