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Directed by Alex Stonehill

Seattle, Iraq 2012 77 mins. In English, Arabic

To neighbors, Sam “Barzan” Malkandi was the model immigrant and perfect, hard-working family man. To investigators, Malkandi was a cold-blooded terrorist who 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. Shot both in Iraq and Seattle and featuring haunting sand animation sequences, BARZAN offers an epic geopolitical journey of a family torn apart by suspicion as it examines the opaque government agencies charged with keeping us safe, even at the cost of freedom.



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