Ziad Foty is an emerging independent filmmaker. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College in English Literature with a concentration in Film, and a Masters of Philosophy in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. As a student he was recognized for his strong leadership, being awarded both the POSSE Scholarship and the Joe Riley Youth Leadership Award. Ziad has also studied film in Egypt at the American University in Cairo and is currently doing his MFA in Film Production at Howard University. Ziad’s films, which merge his film practice and film theory background, explore a range of counter hegemonic orientations associated with the process of representation. In his work he has addressed topics related to identity, feminism, and racism. Ziad is a 2012 recipient of the Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship and his short film The Strange Ways of the Occident (2013) was screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and the Alwan Film Festival. In addition, he is trained in classical and Arabic Piano, voice, and “tabla” (Arabic drum) and continues to perform and compose along with the other musicians in his family, incorporating hip-hop and other Western genres of music with the traditional Arabic style.