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Directed by
Alex Stonehill and Bradley Hutchinson

USA / 2012 / 77

East Coast Premiere
In Farsi, and English

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Bradley Hutchinson
Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee to the US and beloved father, was working toward his piece of the American Dream in a Seattle suburb. But a footnote in ‘The 9/11 Commission Report,’ connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative through his childhood nickname, changed everything.

To neighbors, Sam Malkandi was the model immigrant and perfect family man. He worked hard to buy a house, secure a better future for his children and assimilate to American life. To investigators, Malkandi was a cold-blooded terrorist that represented a potential link between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks. To audiences, Malkandi is a mercurial character whose story embodies controversial issues of immigration, xenophobia, and the price of security in the 21st century.

Featuring haunting animation sequences, the film takes audiences on the epic geopolitical journey of a family torn apart by suspicion, and examines the opaque government agencies charged with keeping us safe, even at the cost of freedom.

Alex Stonehill is a photojournalist, videographer, and multimedia producer at "The Seattle Globalist." His video work has been featured on PBS and Frontline/World and his photography has been printed in various publications. He teaches at the University of Washington.

Bradley Hutchinson is a filmmaker and life-long lover of media. For the last 8 years he has worked with a wide variety of media companies on commercial work all the while creating independent film projects with the company he co-founded The Last Quest

This is the feature debut for both directors.

Executive Producer(s): Cassidy Dimon
Producer(s): Sarah Stuteville, Morgan Dusatko, Jessica Partnow (Co-Producer)
Director(s): Alex Stonehill and Bradley Hutchinson
Screenwriter(s): Sarah Stuteville
Cinematographer(s): Alex Stonehill
Editor(s): Bradley Hutchinson
Composer(s)/Music: Morgan Dusatko
Sound Designer(s): Brendan Hogan
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