The Reluctant Fundamentalist
|Adapted from the award-winning novel by Mohsin Hamid, Mira Nair’s (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) latest film tracks the divergent pull of two cultures, bringing the book to screen with both passion and insight.|
|Beginning in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011, academic Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) is interviewed by American foreign correspondent Bobby (Liev Schreiber) amidst a climate of anti-American unrest and the abduction of one of Changez’s American colleagues. Himself a ‘person of interest’ for the CIA, Changez tells Bobby the story of his life in New York in the previous decade: how, fast-tracked as a financial analyst (and hatchet man) in a prestigious Wall Street company, this educated Pakistani Muslim was forced, in the wake of 9/11, to re-examine who he really is. Bolstered by a talented cast featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Om Puri, Nair’s film carefully manipulates the viewers’ prejudices, encouraging us to look at multiple sides of a conflict more complicated than it first appears.|
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|Special Screening with Tim DeChristopher who is BIDDER #70, and directors Beth and George Gage. A powerful film about Tim DeChristopher, a Utah college student who derailed a Bush Administration oil and gas land sale, bidding millions to save thousands of pristine acres surrounding U.S. National Parks—with no intention of paying or drilling.
Sponsored by Frack Free Catskills, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Woodstock Film Festival, & UpstateFilms. Reception at New World Home Cooking to follow…
|On December 19, 2008 DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants winning 22,000 acres of land for $1.7 million before the auction was halted. Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction, and soon DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies and spent 2 years in prison. DeChristopher became a charismatic and ingenious climate justice leader, founding Peaceful Uprising, a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action.|
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