A second-generation American of South-Asian descent, Zia is an avid-world traveler who strives to channel the cultural insights from his experiences abroad into thought-provoking filmmaking. Among the countries he has visited, Zia has been in England, France, Scotland, Turkey, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh.
During his time at Temple University, Zia has written, directed, and edited several film projects − ranging from short narratives, documentaries, and commercials. His undergraduate thesis film, Escape, was screened for competition at the Austin Film Festival in October 2014, and was nominated for Best Student Short. His film was also screened at the Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival in November 2014. His documentary short, The Election Day Experience, detailing his experiences in the 2008 presidential election, was screened in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2009.
Outside of filmmaking, Zia is active in building bridges across cultural lines. In 2011, he co-founded the Student Interfaith Initiative of Temple University (now the Student Interfaith and Multicultural Society of Temple University) - which was Temple University’s first interfaith student organization. Its mission is to host dialogue sessions between students of different faith and philosophical traditions, discussing topical issues, and to organize community service initiatives in the North Philadelphia communities.
Zia worked as a producing and editing assistant for acclaimed documentary filmmakers Laura Nix and Grace Lee in Los Angeles - as part of Temple University’s Study Away Program. After graduating from Temple University in early 2014, Zia currently freelances and started his production group, Z.U.I.K. Media outside of Philadelphia.
Name: Zia Zuik
Lives in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Director, Editor, Producer and Screenwriter