The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an award winning 2012 political thriller drama film based on the 2007 novel. The film tells a post-9/11 story about the impact of the Al Qaeda attacks on one Pakistani man and his treatment by Americans in reaction to them.
The film premiered as the opening film for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. The film won "Centenary Award" at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. The film has received several awards, many of them honouring the film's efforts to address tolerance and xenophobia.
'Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.' Toronto Star
'A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn't disappoint.' Washington Examiner
'I found several of the story's twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.' The American Conservatist
'Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez's Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.' The Mail on Sunday (UK)
CAAMFest 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative - Mira Nair
Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite World Feature - Mira Nair
Munich Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film - Mira Nair (director)
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