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Doha fest to open with Mira Nair film

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MUMBAI: The fourth edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival is all set to begin with the screening of Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

The film examines Islamic extremism from a new perspective through a yarn about an exceptionally bright Muslim youth, Changez (Riz Ahmed), who clinches a Princeton scholarship and lands a plum position with an equally plum firm as a financial analyst. He is eager to be part of the American dream, and with a boss whose mantra is money (read profits), not religion or appearance, Changez is all set to soar.

But 9/11 dashes his hopes, and the America that was so welcoming begins to look at him with suspicion, even hostility. His American girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson), trying to grapple with her own personal demons, angers Changez when she in some sort of misplaced ignorance and enthusiasm, paints all the wrong images in her art exhibition.

The Doha Film Institute, which organises this annual Festival, has co-funded Nair‘s latest work - as part of the efforts to turn Qatar into a culturally vibrant nation.

Nair, who won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2001 for her Monsoon Wedding, a boisterous look at Indian marriage, also presented The Reluctant Fundamentalist at Venice as the opening movie last August.

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