Shoja Azari was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1958. He moved to New York City in 1983 and received an M.A. in Psychology from New York University. In 1997 he met artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, and together they have created a body of work (short films, video installations, and a multimedia theater piece) that has been exhibited around the world. Azari's debut feature film K, based on three works by Franz Kafka, screened at the Venice Film Festival. Windows is his sophomore feature.