Retake LIVE - “Stranger at the Gate” Screening

By LAist (other events)

Thursday, November 10 2022 7:00 PM 8:30 PM PST

Join us for a live taping of LAist Studios’ Retake podcast, featuring a screening of “Stranger at the Gate.” Following the screening, Retake host John Horn (he/him) will welcome director Joshua Seftel and executive producer Lena Khan, as well as cast members Bibi Bahrami and Richard “Mac” McKinney, for a conversation about the film and its impact. 

“Stranger at the Gate” is a new documentary from director Seftel’s Emmy-nominated series of short films challenging people to rethink their assumptions and misconceptions about Muslims. The film recently won the Documentary Grand Prize at the Heartland Film Indy Shorts International Film Festival, officially qualifying it for Oscar consideration, and the Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

After 25 years of service, U.S. Marine Mac McKinney returns home to Indiana filled with an all-consuming rage toward the people he had been fighting against. Still fueled by his desire to fight for his country, he plans to bomb the local mosque. But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of Muslim faith that he seeks to kill, his plan takes an unexpected turn.

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Funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Engagement support provided in part by The MPAC Hollywood Bureau.


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