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S. A. Zaidi

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S. A. Zaidi is a UAE born film director of Pakistani origin in the United Arab Emirates.[1] He is best known as the writer and director of Aerials, the first Arab science-fiction film set in the Middle East, and the post-apocalyptic Emirati science-fiction film The Sons of Two Suns.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Early life and career[edit]

Originally from Pakistan, S. A. Zaidi was born in the United Arab Emirates.[18] He is the son of renowned Urdu literature pioneer, Dr. Azhar Zaidi, who was also the legendary organizer of Urdu poetry and Urdu music worldwide. [19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28] Zaidi studied film and psychology at university, but left it to pursue a career in film-making. [29][30] He founded the company Fat Brothers Films together with his childhood friend and Emirati film producer Ghanem Ghubash. Together they have been frequently called Fat Brothers, or the dynamic duo.[31][6]

As director[edit]

Zaidi's first film The Sons of Two Suns was shot entirely in the peak summer months of Dubai in order to achieve the desired effect created by natural sunlight and extreme heat in the city. Some of the crew were hospitalized due to heat stroke.[32] The post-apocalyptic science-fiction film is steeped in heavy yellow filters and shows an empty Dubai, [33] using a strong color palette to tell the films narrative, which has been a signature of Zaidi's in his other films as well.[34][35][36][37][38]

Aerials was an Emirati science-fiction film based on an extraterrestrial alien apocalypse in Dubai. As the first Emirati science-fiction film, it was released simultaneously with the Hollywood movie Independence Day 2.[39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48] Zaidi and the film's producer almost went bankrupt making the film, since it was independently funded by them.[49][50][51][52]


Zaidi cites directors Terry Gilliam and Hayao Miyazaki as major influences. Some of the films he is inspired by include 12 Monkeys (1995), Brazil (1985), the Canadian animation film Rock and Rule (1986), and Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).[53]


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