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Zia Mandviwalla


Fascinated by different cultures and how "human emotion transcends culture", Zia Mandviwalla began making films after studying english and history at university. Indian-born but raised in Dubai, she moved to New Zealand as a teen. Now her short films travel the world’s festivals. Mandviwalla’s tales of cross-cultural collision include immigrant stories Amadi and Eating Sausage. Her short Night Shift was nominated for best short at major festivals Cannes and Sundance. She has also directed many commercials.

The stories are born out of and a response to my own life experiences. Zia Mandviwalla, in a February 2010 Big Idea interview