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Ziad Foty is an emerging independent filmmaker and film scholar. His films seek to highlight unrepresented stories in an effort to challenge the dominant representation in film. He holds a BA in English Literature and Film from Lafayette College, producing Pornified (2010) as his thesis, a documentary film examining racial taboos in pornography. Additionally he holds an M. Phil in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin where he wrote a dissertation entitled “A New Group of Palestinian-American Films: Salt of this Sea and Contrarian Representations of the Homeland”. While in school Ziad continued to produce films such as The Strange Ways of the Occident (2013), an ethnographic documentary which chronicles the journey of a veiled woman to the land of the “Occident”. This film was screened at the DC Palestinian Film Festival and the Alwan Film Festival. Ziad also holds an MFA in Film Production from Howard University where he produced The Renaissance Man (2016) as his senior thesis, a documentary exploring the fight of a native DC artist against gentrification. In addition, Ziad has written and produced short film Il Mahal (2016) about a teenage Arab American trapped in a family convenience longing for his missing father on his 18th birthday. Ziad has many ongoing projects such as Return to Ramallah, a documentary film capturing the epic return of his father back to his homeland after 40 years.
MFA, Film Production, Howard University
MPhil, Film Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Faculty Rank: Instructor