Iranian-American Terror Suspect to Screen Iran Film at NYU

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Muslim filmmaker Justin Mashouf will be screening his controversial Iranian-American documentary, "Warring Factions," on March 25th as part of the annual NYU Shuruq Festival. The film documents Mashouf's journey to Iran to find break dancers in Tehran and shed light on the rising tensions between Iran and the US. On the filmmaker's journey home, he finds himself detained by American Homeland Security, having his footage confiscated by authorities.

Mashouf during the filming of Warring Factions

Where is your loyalty, America or Iran?

Muslim-American filmmaker Justin Mashouf will be screening his feature documentary, "Warring Factions," on March 25th as a part of the annual New York University Shuruq Festival. 24 year old Mashouf will be screening the 70 minute documentary in addition to speaking about his experiences in Iran, his detention by Homeland Security and the confiscation of his video footage on suspicion of terrorism.

"Warring Factions" is Mashouf's first feature length documentary. Filming began in April 2007, capturing his experiences as a multi-ethnic Iranian American exploring his Muslim identity in a post 9/11 world. In the wake of rising international tensions, he is cornered into answering the question, "Where is your loyalty, America or Iran?" Shot in both countries, Mashouf's journey throughout the film uses his love for break dancing as a way of bridging an American culture with Iranian youth. Additionally, he becomes a student of the traditional Iranian martial art of "Varzesh Bastani" and seeks to understand the sentiments of the religious conservative generation of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

As voices in the Obama administration deliberate their official Iran policy and media outlets have fueled the perception of a nuclear standoff, "Warring Factions" is a call to (dis)arms. By combining documentary and studio reenactments, Mashouf looks at the blurring of world borders, and the looming threat of another war in the Middle East.

Wednesday March 25, 2009 at 7:30PM

Where: Annual New York University Shuruq Festival
245 Sullivan Street        
Furman Hall, room 214

(Furman Hall is located at 245 Sullivan Street, between Washington Square South and West Third Street. It is two blocks east of the West Fourth subway station (A,C, E, B, D, F and V lines). Minetta Parking is the nearest parking facility (122 W. 3rd St. between 6th Avenue and MacDougal St., 212-777-3530), however here is a link to additional nearby parking garages: )

When: Wednesday March 25, 2009. 7:30pm

Please contact Amel Ahmed for reserved seating.

Justin will be available for interviews in New York City from March 23rd till March 30th


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