"Looks can be deceiving, I am a lover of America," says Changez (Ahmed), a Pakistani man with big dreams. "You say guilty people hide. So do people who feel hunted."
"Yes, I am Pakistani. Yes, I am Muslim. But, that is not all I am," Changez resolutely proclaims at the trailer's conclusion.
Exploring the volatile political landscape of both pre- and post-9/11 America, THE REULCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST looks to be a particularly applicable film for the topics and issues most needed to be addressed today insofar as racism and racial profiling are concerned.
IFC Films describes THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST as such:
"We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez's dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death."
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST was directed by Mira Nair, based on the best-selling novel Mohsin Hamid. It is set for release on April 26.
View the newly-released trailer for the film below.