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The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the legacy of terror

Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist played at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and will soon open in US cinemas. How will the film’s exploration of terrorism and its effects on Muslim integration in America go down in a country still reeling from the Boston bombings?

Tribeca is just a few blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood and the film festival was established partly as a civic restoration project to get the neighbourhood back on its feet.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows a young man from Pakistan, played by British actor Riz Ahmed,  whose life is changed by the 9/11 attacks. He encounters suspicion and abuse because of his South Asian origins and the fact that he is a Muslim.

In its exploration of the effects of political violence, the film is set to cause controversy in a country once again dealing with the fallout from terrorism.

Tom Brook reports.

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