The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Tage des Zorns (2012)

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Tage des Zorns: Directed by Mira Nair. With Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland. A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

“This beautiful movie is about how the new era of fear is dividing East and West, featuring UK-based writer Mohsim Hamidu0026#39;s critically acclaimed book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, about the impact of Sept 11th on Muslims living abroad post 9/11 attacks u0026amp; its psychological and political damage. Itu0026#39;s a tale of mixed loyalties and one manu0026#39;s journey into the heart of the conflict.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHamid has published a novel about the aftermath of September 11th. Itu0026#39;s based on a character whose life mirrors his own accomplishments, but whose subsequent journey and fate is very different. The book is entitled u0026quot;The Reluctant Fundamentalistu0026quot;.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe main character, Chengez, is living in New York at the time of the attacks. The new western hostility towards his country, to his people, and to an ancient and complex civilization shocks Chengez, to the core. He feels as though he has to take sides. Then, quite simply, he has a crackup, followed by a mysterious journey back to Pakistan that may or may not lead to the embrace of fundamentalism.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAt a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . .u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChangez is living an immigrantu0026#39;s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he works at the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. The romance is negligible; Erica is emotionally unavailable, endlessly grieving the death of her lifelong friend and boyfriend, Chris. And Changezu0026#39;s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTold in a single monologue, the narrative never flags. Changez is by turnu0026#39;s naive, sinister, unctuous, mildly threatening, overbearing, insulting, angry, resentful, and sad. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChangez is in Manila on 9/11 and sees the towers come down on TV. He tells the American, u0026quot;…I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased… I was caught up in the symbolism of it all, the fact that someone had so visibly brought America to her knees…u0026quot; When he returns to New York, there is a palpable change in attitudes toward him, starting right at immigration. His name and his face render him suspect.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHe exorcises that feeling and once again appreciates his home for its u0026quot;unmistakable personality and idiosyncratic charm.u0026quot; While at home, he lets his beard grow. Advised to shave it, even by his mother, he refuses. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHis company sends him to Istanbul for another business valuation; his mind filled with the troubles in Pakistan and the U.S. involvement with India that keeps the pressure on. Beautiful screenplay and great Urdu- English blend of dialogues makes it really worth a watch on the big screen.”


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