The War Within

The War Within

Director: Joseph Castelo Cast: Ayad Akhtar, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen


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The War Within

The war on terror has an unusual effect on one man in this independent drama. Hassan (Ayad Akhtar) was an engineering student from Pakistan who, while studying in Paris, was one of several Pakistani students arrested by intelligence officers on suspicion of participating in international terrorist activities. Hassan was innocent of any crimes, but it took him hours to convince the authorities of this. By the time Hassan was released, his attitude about the West had begun to change, and in time he began to identify with the terrorists with whom he had been unwittingly associated. Hassan then renounces his old life, joins a radical group, and illegally slips into the United States with the aim of staging a major terrorist action in New York City. Hassan comes to stay with an old friend, Sayeed (Firdous Bamji), and his family; Hassan has told Sayeed and his wife (Sarita Choudhury) that he's come to New York in search of a job, but in time Sayeed suspects his friend has a different agenda in mind. The War Within was screened as part of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
UPC: 0876964000413
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Magnolia
Time: 1:33:00
Format: HD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ayad Akhtar Hassan
Firdous Bamji Sayeed
Nandana Sen Duri
Sarita Choudhury Farida
John Ventimiglia Gabe
Varun Sriram Ali
Aasif Mandvi Abdul
Ajay Naidu Naveed
Charles Daniel Sandoval Khalid
Samrat Chakrabarti Chief Inspector Khan
Kamal Marayati Imam Hamza
Mike McGlone Mike O'Reilly
Anjeli Chapman Rasheeda
Wayman Ezell Izzy
James Rana Saudi Man
Chritopher Castelo Steven
Christine Commesso News Anchorwoman
John Zibell Officer Carroll
Joseph Ascolese Cop #1
Douglas Paretti Cop #2
Michael Balsely Agent #1
Robert Martin Carroll Agent #2
David Bishins Tall Agent
Angel Desai Reporter
Per Melita Terrorist
Roy Farfel CIA Agent #1
Jeff Ward CIA Agent #2
Glenn Pike CIA Agent #3
Vanessa Landino Receptionist
Deepti Gupta Woman #1
Farah Bala Woman #2
Deepa Purohit Woman #3
Goli Samii Female Passenger
Troy Hall Male Passenger #1
David Connolly Male Passenger #2
Dianne Busch Ticket Clerk
Manny Siverio Stunt Coordinator

Technical Credits
Joseph Castelo Director,Screenwriter
Ayad Akhtar Screenwriter
Sameer Bajar Consultant/advisor
Will Battersby Associate Producer
Stephanie Carroll Production Designer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
David Holmes Score Composer
Free Association Score Composer
Tom Glynn Producer,Screenwriter
Sylvia Grieser Costumes/Costume Designer
David Isern Camera Operator
Malcolm Jamieson Editor
Cecily Kaston Asst. Director
Jason Kliot Producer
Heidi Kulow Makeup
Nicole Lebries Makeup
David Leitner Cinematographer
Hagen Linss Makeup
Gretchen McGowan Co-producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Per Melita Co-producer
Afia Nathaniel Consultant/advisor
Ruben O'Malley Cinematographer
Michael G. Pollard Associate Producer
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Juan Rodriguez Sound Mixer
Gabriel Sanders Sound Mixer
Ernesto Solo Art Director
Cindy Tolan Casting
Tory Tunnell Associate Producer
Joana Vicente Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Joe White Cinematographer

Scene Index

Feature audio commentary by writer/director Joseph Castelo and writer/director Ayad Akhtar

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