Born in Riga, Latvia. In 1970 Maftsir was arrested by the KGB. and was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of Zionist activity. Immigrated in 1971. Graduated from the first graduating class of the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University.
For years Maftsir worked as a producer in the Israeli film Service. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Service manager.
In 2009 Maftsir founded and until 2014 managed the documentary film department at the Haifa WIZO Academic Center.
Management positions: Director of the Department of Culture and Art, Ministry of Education and Culture (1998-1999). Director General of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption (1999-2001). Head of Delegation of the Jewish Agency in Russia, Belarus and the Baltic States (2003-2005). Director of the Yad Vashem Project to recover the names of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union territories (2006-2012).
In recent years Maftsir has been working exclusively on a documentary project on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.
Producer over 200 documentary films and television documentaries.
Directed over 30 films. A partial list:
“The road to Babi Yar” – Holocaust in Ukraine (2018). “Drawers of memory”(2017) – Holocaust in Latvia. “Gotenland”( 2017) – Holocaust in Crimea. “The road to Babi Yar” (2018) – Holocaust in Ukraine. “Until the last step”(2016) – about Jewish resistant in small ghettos in Belorussia. “Beyond the Nistru”(2016) – about Holocaust in Soviet territories under Rumanian occupation. “Holocaust. The Eastern front”(2016) – about Holocaust in Russian fed. territory “The Guardians of Remembrance”(2014) – about Holocaust in Belorussia. “In Search of Lost Memories”(2011) – about the Names Project of Yad Vashem “Tarab” (2009) A two-part journey chronicling the identities and memories of Author Eli Amir and Filmmaker Boris Maftsir. “Prettiest of All” (2003) – A Television serial about the Israeli opera. “Almost Us” (2002) – A Film about Russian immigration to Israel in the 90’s “Peace Unto the Jerusalem” (1997) – A film depicting the peace process in Jerusalem. “The Gesher Family” (1993) A film about the “Gesher” theater group. “Acts of Faith” (1992) A historic film on the Spanish Jews’ Expulsion from Spain.