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Tribeca: Mira Nair talks 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and the Boston bombings -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Reluctant Fundamentalist premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival, but it will be a very different screening experience when it has its U.S. premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night. Based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid, director Mira Nair’s adaptation tells the story of Changez, a brilliant Princeton-educated Pakistani who prospers on Wall Street until the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, which force him to acknowledge the Otherness he begins to see reflected back at him in the eyes of scared and suspicious Americans. It’s an experience that Nair herself encountered in the frightening months after 9/11, when the rattled city that was her home began to look at her and her family very differently.

But Nair is glad to bring her film to New York, even with the tragic bombings in Boston resurrecting old fears and psychological scars from 2001. “Tribeca is such a perfect place because the festival came out of a sense of healing and wanting points of view from beyond our own borders,” says Nair. “My film speaks to that. It’s a beautiful place to be able to offer this film, which I really view as a bridge.”

In an exclusive scene — which includes a single profanity — Changez (Riz Ahmed) wins over a Wall Street recruiter (Kiefer Sutherland) with his ambition and ability to assimilate. “In America, I get an equal chance to win,” says the confident young man. “And whether you hire me or not, Jim, I am going to win.”

Click below for the clip, and then read a Q&A with Nair about her take on the relationship between American and the Islamic world. READ FULL STORY

Check out the poster for Mira Nair's adaptation of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

On April 26, IFC Films will release director Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid‘s 2007 best-seller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. (Nair’s previous credits include 2004’s Vanity Fair and 2001’s Monsoon Wedding.) Starring Riz Ahmed (Four Lions),┬áKate Hudson,┬áKiefer Sutherland, and Liev Schreiber, the drama, which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival, follows a young Pakistani man whose pursuit of material success on Wall Street consequently puts him on a path back to a world he left behind.

You can exclusively see the new poster for The Reluctant Fundamentalist below. READ FULL STORY

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