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Ahmed Ziad

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Ahmed Ziad
Ahmed Ziad Portrait in 2010.jpg
Ahmed Ziad in 2009
Born (1960-11-15) 15 November 1960 (age 58)
Tifelt, Morocco
ResidenceSt. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
NationalityMoroccan, American
EducationUniversity of Hassan II at Casablanca, Morocco
El Reno Junior College
Paragon Academy (Certificate)
Occupation
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
Years active  1988–present
Notable work

Ahmed Ziad, born 15 November 1960, is a Moroccan American film director, producer and screenwriter. Ziad's work is known for its dual-cultural effect, which critics believe is responsible for his success in offsetting cultural barriers and achieving international recognition.[1]

Ziad's most notable film is Real Premonition (2007), an action film that was shot in Tampa Bay, FL, USA, and in Rabat, Morocco. Written produced and directed by Ziad Ahmed, this film gathered actors from more than 36 nationalities, making it a notable international work. This movie has been rated as one of the first independent Moroccan action movies and has been recognized by Alexandria International film Festival as one of the best films that produced by Morocco, out of nine nominations.

Ziad has won 9 international Awards. He won outstanding achievement from Florida Motion Picture and Television Association with two Academy Awards for Best Director, for his work on Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, becoming the first non-white person to win the award. He also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which he also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Childhood and education[edit | edit source]

"When I moved to the United States, One of my main objective was and still is presenting my home country production in way to be accessible to the world."

-Ahmed Ziad, speaks of his attachment to Morocco.
TV5 Channel, October 1, 2008

Ahmed Ziad was born in a Berber family of twelve kids in a village in Tifelt, Morocco. Poor family, his father was working as a security guard in a communication government company. Ziad was brought up in an artistic environment as teenage life back then in Morocco was musical and art oriented.[2]

Ziad studied in Imam Malike High School. He entered University of Hassan II to study literature, but he quit before graduation in 1981. His father had wanted him to become a professor, but he had become interested in attending drama and the arts in United States. In 1982 Ziad's dreams become true, He traveled to United States with a lump sum of $300.00 in his pocket, faced a difficult time in surviving in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, In 1983 attended EL Reno Junior College in general education There he set his career on the path of performance art. As Ziad's artistic view evolved with time, In 1986 moved to Florida and attended Saint Petersburg College, Ziad took part in so many plays and started learning about the technical aspects of film production. and graduated from Paragon academy. Ziad has then become officially involved in film direction. In 1988 joined (FMPTA) Florida Motion Pictures and Television Association, There Ziad polished his skills and worked with talented people in the movie industry (Dino Hurman, Dave Gambel, Jerry Alan, Dave Berette, Ray Nelson, Mike Delavopy),

Career[edit | edit source]

Debut from Morocco[edit | edit source]

Ahmed Ziad began his career as a theater actor since 1969 at Al Motanabil in Casablanca Morocco, He took part at so many short plays, In 1973 joined Goethe institute in the theater department, there learned stage lightning and stage management, In 1975 was given a role in a major play titled“Haraze Mona bou Dlale”, writeen by a great writer (Hayani Boublibe). In 1978 wrote and directed tree plays, The Preacher, The Madison Man, The Fisherman. In 1982, he moved to the United States of America, to pursue his education.[2]

Arrival to the United States[edit | edit source]

In 1882 he attended Oklahoma City University for a general education and moved to El Reno Junior College in 1984 where he attended art classes. In 1986 moved to Florida and attended Saint Petersburg College in Pinellas County. In 1992, Ziad joined Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA), he learned cinematography from skilled producers and Directors. In 1988, he joined Florida Motion Pictures and Television Association (FMPTA), Ziad polished his skills with FMPTA from 1988 to 2004. During his college life, Ziad took part in so many plays and started learning about the technical aspects of film production. He graduated and moved to Florida in 1986 and enrolled in Paragon academy. Ziad has then become officially involved in film direction when he became president of Sunscreen Film Society[3] in Clearwater, FL.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Ziad has been involved in the process of film-making in various capacities, though the highlight of his career and legacy is his directorial work. The following are Ziad's various credits.

Year Film Position
2003 The French Connection Actor
2004 The Out of Hand Producer Advisor
2005 Contact From Beyond (short)[4] Producer Assistant
2007 Real Premonition[5] Actor, Director, and Producer
2008 Taste Just Like Chicken[6] Producer Assistant
2012 The Lessons[7] Director, Producer
2016 Maradonia and the Shadow Empire[8] Producer Advisor
2019 Dream for America (play) Director
2019 Scapegoats (in production)[9] Writer, Director, and Producer
2020 Once Before (scheduled)[9] Writer, Director, and Producer
2021 Real Premonition 2 Actor, Director, and Producer

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Crystal Reel Awards[edit | edit source]

Best Foreign Language Film

Year Nominated work Result
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won

Best Picture

Year Nominated work Result
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won

Best Director

Year Nominated work Result
2006 "Member of the Year" by FMPTA Nominated
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won
2012 The Lessons[7] Won

Best Actor

Year Nominated work Result
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won

Best Script

Year Nominated work Result
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won

Best Production

Year Nominated work Result
2007 Real Premonition[10] Won
2012 The Lessons[7] Won


References[edit | edit source]

  1. PRODUCTIONS, ZOD INTERNATIONAL. "ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS". ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ahmed Ziad (2018-07-05), French Channel 5 interview with Film Director Ahmed Ziad, retrieved 2019-05-26
  3. Ahmed Ziad (2018-07-05), President of the Sunscreen Film Society, Ziad Ahmed, gives lecture on film making, retrieved 2019-05-26
  4. Contact from Beyond, retrieved 2019-05-26
  5. PRODUCTIONS, ZOD INTERNATIONAL. "ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS". ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  6. Tastes Just Like Chicken, retrieved 2019-05-26
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Lessons, retrieved 2019-05-26
  8. Maradonia and the Shadow Empire, retrieved 2019-05-26
  9. 9.0 9.1 PRODUCTIONS, ZOD INTERNATIONAL. "ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS". ZOD INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Real Premonition, retrieved 2019-05-26

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Others articles of the Topic Morocco : 2006–07 Moroccan Throne Cup, 2005–06 Moroccan Throne Cup, 2004–05 Moroccan Throne Cup
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