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The film industry has struggled with depictions of 9/11 up to know. Usually, the events of September 11th are depicted with emotionally manipulative sentimentalism that is nearly offensive ("Remember Me") or as a blatant attempt at Oscar-grabbing ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"). So it's perfectly understandable to feel trepidation, or even a sinking sense of dread, when a film is described as a "post-9/11 drama." Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," based on the best selling 2007 novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, seems to mainly avoid these treacly tropes however, with more of a personal character study of profiling and racial alienation after the attacks. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions") stars alongside Liev Schrieber, Kate Hudson, and Kiefer Sutherland in the story of a Pakistani Wall Street employee whose life changes after 9/11. This is "Monsoon Wedding" director Nair's first film »


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