Premiering
Monday, January 20th, 2020 10PM

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"A powerful, subtle and moving documentary"
John Brunsting, Criterion Cast
"A Vivid Tale of Father & Son"
Adeel Hassan, The New York Times
" more fascinating than your average tale of a young Muslim male being “tricked” by law enforcement into committing a crime."
 
Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

unseen FILMS

"  I was rocked. ... one of the most important films of the year and a must see."
Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

SYNOPSIS

Twenty-five years after leaving Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota, Yusuf Abdurahman’s nineteen-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI anti-terrorism sting operation. 

 

“Accept the Call” is the story of a father looking for answers to understand why his son tried to leave home to join a terrorist organization in a foreign country, and journeys with them to find a way back, after breaking each other’s hearts.  Through his eyes, the film explores the struggles of Muslim American youths growing up in contemporary America.

Running Time: 83 minutes
 

 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Not acknowledging the influence of the ultraconservative interpretation of the religion, or discerning between peaceful and progressive Muslims like Yusuf and the fundamentalists who carry out human rights abuses in the name of Islam, we have contributed to their vulnerability and marginalization. 

Jose Rodriguez,

Director of Documentary Programs,

Tribeca Film Institute

 

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