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Stranger at the Gate

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERSMohannad Malas, Dr. Conrad Fischer, MD, John W. Kiser, Lena Khan, & Malala

PURPOSE: Stranger at the Gate is a new work in filmmaker Joshua Seftel’s Emmy-nominated series of short films challenging people to rethink their assumptions and misconceptions about Muslims. The series has been seen by 70 million people to date.

GOAL: The film was recently nominated for an Academy Award.  We are raising funds to expand the efforts of our impact campaign in order to spread the film’s message that love conquers hate, championed by our Executive Producer Malala.

THE STORY: U.S. Marine Richard “Mac” McKinney had planned to return home to Muncie, Indiana as a hero – in an American flag-draped coffin. But that didn’t happen. Instead, after 25 years of service, he returns alive and filled with an all-consuming rage. Still fueled by his desire to die for his country, he plans to bomb the local mosque. But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of Muslim faith that he seeks to kill, his plan takes an unexpected turn.

Associated Members

Josh Seftel, Independent Filmmaker


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture