The Seattle Globalist to premiere documentary at SIFF
Founders of the Seattle Globalist, director Alex Stonehill and writer/producer Sarah Stuteville have been working on a feature length documentary called “Barzan” for the past couple of years. Anticipation is building in the Department for its local premiere at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The film will screen at the Harvard Exit on May 23 at 7 p.m. and at the Kirkland Performance Center on June 2 at 12:30 p.m.
The film tells the story of Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee who came to the Northwest as a refugee, until his name appeared in the 9/11 Commission Report connecting him to high-level Al-Qaeda operative.
“Our work as journalists has always focused on stories of individuals that illuminate larger issues,” Stonehill said. “The experience of the family in the film says a lot about America’s reaction to terrorism and the trade-off between personal liberty and national security. The added elements of mystery and intrigue, and just how charismatic they were on film, convinced us that it was worth going all out to tell their story in a feature length documentary.”
Stonehill and Stuteville traveled to Iraq in 2010 to interview Malkandi and have documented his interactions with the immigration court system over a span of five years.